Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers - 6/1/22 NHL Picks and Prediction
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New York Rangers (60-28-8) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (59-26-8)
Game Info: Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
Betting Odds: New York Rangers +110 / Tampa Bay Lightning -124 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Tampa Bay Lightning host the New York Rangers in Wednesday in Eastern Conference Finals NHL Action.
The New York Rangers will kick off the Eastern Conference Finals with a road matchup vs the Lightning. To advance in the playoffs, New York defeated the Hurricanes by a score of 6-2. For the season, the Rangers found the net 254 times, good for a rank of 16th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York is the 2nd ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.49 goals per game. For the year, the Rangers have a strength of schedule rating of 24th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 9th-ranked team in the NHL.
The Tampa Bay Lightning finally get set for another game, as they have not played since May 23rd after sweeping the Panthers. For the season, the Lightning scored 287 goals, giving them an average of 3.48. This output gives them a rank of 8th among NHL teams. On defense, Tampa Bay is the 6th ranked unit, giving up 2.78 goals per contest. For the year, the Lightning have played the 22nd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Tampa Bay's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 8th in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the New York Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In his team's 82 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 74 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus minus rating of +21.0 The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 52 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.07 goals per game. In his 53 games played, he has turned in 38 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Through 81 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning's goal and overall scoring leader is Steven Stamkos, with 106 points. He has reached his mark of 42 goals, on a shooting percentage of 17.4%. So far, 38.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Victor Hedman, who has 65 assists to go along with his 20 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +26.0 Tampa Bay's top goalie is Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is giving up an average of 2.49 goals per game. In his 63 games played, he has turned in 39 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
Heading into game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Rangers and Lightning, the over-under betting line is set at 5.5 goals. In their previous series vs Carolina, the Rangers relied on strong offensive performances in the final 2 games to advance, scoring 5 and 6 goals, respectively. On the other side, the Lightning gave up just 3 goals all series. For game 1, I recommend taking the under, as Tampa Bay should continue its strong defensive play. In addition, throughout the regular season, the Rangers featured one of the best goalie units in all of the NHL.
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