Rangers vs Lightning Prediction - NHL Picks 12/30/23

Tampa Bay Lightning (17-14-5) vs New York Rangers (24-9-1)

Game Info: Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)

Betting Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning -118 / New York Rangers -102 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers will play the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. New York has won two of their last three games, while Tampa Bay has won three of their last four. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Rangers vs Lightning prediction.

Rangers Preview

The New York Rangers are 24-9-1 this year after they lost to Florida by a score of 4-3 in their last game. New York tied the game at three in the third period, but allowed Florida to score the game winning goal just 82 seconds after tying the game. The Rangers out shot Florida by a total of 34-32 and went 0-2 on the power play in the loss. New York defeated Washington by a score of 5-1 and Buffalo by a score of 4-3 in the two games prior to Florida. The Rangers are scoring 3.39 goals per game and they are allowing 2.70 goals against per game, while going 31.1% on the power play and 86% on the penalty kill. Artemi Panarin has led New York with 20 goals, 27 assists, and 141 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Igor Shesterkin, who is 14-7-0 this year with a 2.77 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. 

Lightning Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning are 17-14-5 this season after they lost to Florida by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Tampa Bay trailed 3-1 in the third, but came up just short in their comeback attempt for the loss. The Lightning were out shot by a total of 31-29 and went 0-3 on the power play in the game. Tampa Bay defeated Washington, Vegas, and St. Louis in the three games prior to Florida. The Lightning are scoring 3.31 goals per game and they are allowing 3.42 goals against per game, while going 29.6% on the power play and 80.2% on the penalty kill. Nikita Kucherov has led Tampa Bay with 24 goals, 34 assists, and 162 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for Tampa Bay is Andrei Vasilevskiy, who is 8-6-0 this year with a 2.78 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. 

Tampa Bay Lightning Team Facts

  • The Lightning have lost three of their last four games as home favorites against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • The Lightning have covered the puck line in each of their last four home games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 1' market has hit in each of the Lightning's last six home games against opponents on a winning streak.
  • The Lightning have won the first period in each of their last six games as home favorites following a loss.

New York Rangers Team Facts

  • The Rangers have won four of their last five games as underdogs against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The Rangers have covered the puck line in each of their last five games as underdogs.
  • The 'Over 1.5 Goals Period 2' market has hit in 12 of the Rangers' last 14 games.
  • The Rangers have won the third period in three of their last four games as underdogs.

Tampa Bay Lightning Player Prop Facts

  • Nikita Kucherov has scored at least one goal in each of the Lightning's last five games at Amalie Arena.
  • Victor Hedman has recorded at least one point in nine of the Lightning's last 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Victor Hedman has recorded at least one assist in nine of the Lightning's last 10 games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Nikita Kucherov ranks 1st in the league for Power Play Points (26) this season.

New York Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Artemi Panarin has scored a goal in four of the Rangers' last five games.
  • Adam Fox has recorded an assist in each of his last five appearances after playing the previous day.
  • Blake Wheeler has recorded at least one point in each of his last 10 appearances at Amalie Arena.
  • Chris Kreider has the most Shorthanded Goals for the Rangers this season (2).

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning rank T30th in the league in short handed goals this season (0).
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning rank 3rd in the league for Period 1 goals scored per game this season (1.17).
  • The New York Rangers rank 5th in the league in penalty kill percentage this season (85.44%).
  • The New York Rangers rank 8th in the league for goals against per game this season (2.74).

Rangers vs Lightning Betting Prediction

Both of these teams are coming off of a loss to the Florida Panthers in their last game, but the Lightning will have the rest advantage, as New York played last night. The Rangers are 12-5-1 on the road and they are one of the best teams in the NHL. Tampa Bay is 10-4-3 at home and they play their best hockey on home ice. I do think New York is the better team, but I am going to take the Lightning to get the win, as I think the extra rest will be the difference. 

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