Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers - 6/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers - 6/3/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (61-28-8) vs Tampa Bay Lightning (59-27-8)

Game Info: Friday, June 3, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers +100 / Tampa Bay Lightning -123 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Rangers host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Friday NHL Eastern Conference Finals Action.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to even the series against New York, as they dropped game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals by a score of 6-2. On the season, Tampa Bay found the net 287 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Tampa Bay is the 6th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.78 goals per game. For the year, the Lightning had a strength of schedule rating of 22nd in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 8th-ranked team in the NHL.

The New York Rangers will look to go up 2-0 in the series after a strong offensive performance in game 1. On the season, the Rangers scored 254 goals, giving them an average of 3.05. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, New York Rangers is the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.49 goals per contest. For the year, the Rangers have played the 24th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 9th in the NHL.

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Through 81 games, the Tampa Bay Lightning 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.

Coming into this game, the New York Rangers Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New York'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%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 52 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus minus rating of +21.0. 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.

Heading into game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the over-under betting line is set at 5.5 goals. Game 1 easily surpassed this line, as the Rangers went off for 6 goals. Look for New York to continue their offensive success as I expect game 2 to be yet another high-scoring affair. I recommend taking the over.

 

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