New York Rangers (63-28-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (61-31-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday May 26, 2015, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -130 / New York Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: 5
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to advance to the Stanley Cup finals with a game six win against the New York Rangers.
The New York Rangers did not find the home ice at Madison Square Garden to be any advantage at all as they fell to visiting Tampa Bay 2-0 in game number five to trail the series 3-2 with the series heading back to Amalie Arena where it’s do or die. The Rangers appeared to have found their offense with ten goals over the last two contests but suddenly stalled as they failed to get anything past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop. Momentum is apparently not taking part in this series as the Rangers crushed Tampa Bay 5-1 on their own ice in game four but struggled to score Sunday which has been a problem the majority of the postseason. Henrik Lundqvist recorded 20 saves to absorb the loss.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are once again in the Driver’s Seat in the Eastern Conference finals with Sunday’s victory giving them a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers with a chance to close things out in front of their own fans in game six scheduled for Tuesday. The Lightning showed no ill effects from getting hammered 5-1 in game four as the defense and Ben Bishop regrouped while the offense did just enough damage to secure the win. Bishop had allowed five goals in back to back contests but posted his second career shutout with a 26 stop effort. Valterri Filppula and Steven Stamkos lit the lamp for the Lightning with Stamkos also adding a helper to send their team to the brink of the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 2004.
The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 Tuesday games and the under is 8-2-1 in Rangers last 11 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game while New York are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The over is 3-0-1 in Lightning last 4 home games and the under is 6-1-1 in Lightning last 8 Tuesday games while the Lightning are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The over is 4-0-1 in the last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and the Rangers are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings while the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. No line out but I lean Tampa Bay so far…