Tampa Bay Lightning (60-31-8) at New York Rangers (63-27-8)
|Date & Time||Sunday May 24, 2015, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Rangers -150 / Tampa Bay Lightning +140 --- Over/Under: 5
The Tampa Bay Lightning take the ice at Madison Square Garden in game 5 versus the New York Rangers.
The Tampa Bay Lightning never found their groove at the offensive end in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers in game number four. The Lightning missed out on an opportunity to take a stranglehold on the series and now head to Madison Square Garden with the series tied two games apiece. After scoring six goals in consecutive contests the Lightning mustered a Steven Stamkos tally at the 11:30 mark in the second that temporarily tied the game 1-1. Ben Bishop was shaky between the pipes with all five goals allowed on just 24 shots as he has now been charged with ten goals in back to back games against a New York squad that was struggling offensively.
The New York Rangers are proving they won’t go away as they evened their series with Tampa Bay Friday night and regained the home ice advantage. This was a must win as New York faced the prospect of going down in the series 3-1 against a team that has had their number. However the stagnant Rangers attack has suddenly found the scoring touch with five goals in consecutive games while the defense and Henrik Lundqvist threw up a wall against the potent scoring of Tampa Bay. Rick Nash paced the Rangers with two goals and an assist while Keith Yandle, Chris Kreider and Martin St Louis also lit the lamp. Lunqvist returned to top form with a 38 save performance as the Lightning kept him busy.
The over is 5-1-1 in Lightning last 7 following a loss of 3 or more goals and is 4-1 in Lightning last 5 vs. Metropolitan while the over is 4-1 in Lightning last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The over is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and is is 12-2-3 in Rangers last 17 after scoring 5 goals or more in their previous game while going 5-1-1 in Rangers last 7 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings and the Lightning are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York while going 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. I’m waiting on the line but I think this series has turned in to a coin flip now where neither has an edge…