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.

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).

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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