Something has got to give in tonight’s Game 2 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers with puck drop coming at 7 CT. An unstoppable force meets an immovable object in the Eastern Conference final. Choosing a side will be difficult, but there is plenty of value on the total.
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Tampa Bay Lightning @ New York Rangers UNDER 5.5 (-120)
After dropping Game 1 by the score of 6-2, the Lightning are looking to bounce back and even up the series at 1-1. Tampa Bay struggled to find its legs after spending nine days off prior to Wednesday’s Game 1 loss in Madison Square Garden.
However, the Lightning have been the best in the business at rebounding after a tough loss. In fact, Tampa Bay holds a remarkable 17-0 record after a loss, spanning over its last three postseasons.
#NYR head coach Gerard Gallant on the possibility of going up 2-0 in the ECF against the Lightning: "I read that they’re 17-0 in games after a loss. It doesn’t matter to me, it really doesn’t. I mean, they didn’t beat us 17 times. They beat other teams."— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) June 2, 2022
The key for the Lightning has been its defense. Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and the stingy Tampa Bay defense are giving up just 1.47 goals per game in that 17-game sample size. It always helps to have the best goalie in the world to keep pucks out of the onion bag.
The Rangers have a streak of its own to protect tonight. New York has won its last seven home games in the playoffs.
Rangers netminder Igor Shesterkin is no slouch between the pipes, either. As a rookie, Shesterkin was named as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy awarded to the NHL’s top goalie. His .921 save percentage ranks second amongst all rookie goaltenders in Rangers history, trailing the great Henrik Lundqvist (.922).
Igor Shesterkin's 2022 playoff campaign so far ♨️:— Rangers on MSG (@RangersMSGN) June 3, 2022
550 shots attempted
39 goals allowed pic.twitter.com/kh9OtlShIB
The hockey world is aware of the potent Lightning offense as the team continues its quest for a third-straight Stanley Cup. But the Rangers’ strength all season has been on its blue line. New York finished the regular season, ranking second in goals allowed (204).
With conflicting data making for a tough decision when betting either squad’s moneyline, there is definitely value in playing the under in tonight’s Game 2. Whether you choose to fade or follow, always remember to bet responsibly.
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