New York Rangers (4-7-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (10-2-1)
|Date & Time||Thursday November 2, 2017, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -166 / New York Rangers +150 --- Over/Under: 6
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to keep their strong start afloat as they welcome the New York Rangers to town on Thursday evening.
The Rangers look to shake off a rather slow start to the season with a statement road victory against the high octane Tampa Bay Lightning who are among the league’s best teams and should be considered a Cup contender out of the East. New York has been one of the league’s top teams over the last handful of seasons and aren’t too far removed from a World Series appearance against the Los Angeles Kings but they look as though they are starting to trend downwards as Henrik Lundqvist is showing his age a bit and the supporting cast around him isn’t what it used to be and this group is starting to fade in the Metro division and could very well miss out on the playoffs altogether this season if they can’t shake out of their early season swoon. Lundqvist is expected to get the start here as he will face off against Andrei Vasilevskiy who is emerging as one of the league’s best young goaltenders.
The Lightning meanwhile are looking very dangerous so far in this young season and have the personnel to do some serious damage this season as they have a very strong offense, a great core of defenders, and a great goaltender in what is one of the most dangerous and complete lineups in the NHL this season. Tampa has had to deal with some serious injury woes over the past few seasons but it looks as though they are back on track and if they can stay healthy they are going to be very tough to slow down and while this current clip is bound to regress a little bit it wouldn’t surprise many to see this group in the running for the President’s Trophy at seasons end.
The Rangers are winless in their last six road starts and 4-11 in their last 15 overall while the Bolts ate 8-1 in their last nine home games and 22-8 in their last 30 overall. The line here is going to be chalky but the Bolts are the play here as they match up very well on New York and they should get it done in regulation.