Tampa Bay Lightning (61-28-8) vs New York Rangers (62-30-8)
June 9, 2022, 8:00 PM EST
Line: New York Rangers +105 / Tampa Bay Lightning -125; More / Less: -5.5
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers meet in Game Five of the Best of Seven Final Series in the Eastern Conference at NHL action from Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will be looking to steal the ice at home after the evening in the series in two wins each after their 4-1 win over Rangers in Game Four. Nikita Kucherov has a team-high 21 points with 7 goals and 14 assists while Victor Hedman also has a pair of goals and 11 assists. Ondrej Balat has 13 points with 7 goals and 6 assists, while Ross Colton has 8 points and 5 goals. Steven Stamkos also has 13 points with 7 goals and 6 assists as well this post season. Andrei Vasilevskiy has a 10-5 record with 0.925 saves and 2.44 GAA this postseason.
The New York Rangers will try to keep their serve at home after successive road losses. Mika Zibanijad leads Rangers with 24 points including 10 goals and 14 assists, while Adam Fox also has 23 points with 5 goals and 18 assists for the team. Andrew Kopp has 13 points split between 6 goals and 7 apples while Artemi Panarin has 16 points with 6 goals and 10 assists, and Chris Kreider also has 16 points with 10 high for the team this post season. Igor Shesterkin went 10-7 in the postseason with 2.65 GAA and 0.929 keeping percentage this postseason.
Tampa Bay is 8-2 in its last 10 games overall and 6-1 in its last 7 games after winning while it’s 8-1 down in its last 9 games against a team with a winning record. New York 4-1 in the last 5 games overall and 44-20 in the last 64 games at home, while the difference was 5-1 in the last 6 games at home.
I’m getting the case for Lightning here, and it has a lot of momentum in the series after winning streaks. However, that has been the theme for Rangers so far in the playoffs, with the host team winning 15 of the 18 playoff matches that Rangers have played so far. Rangers feed some magic into MSG, so give me Rangers.
Chris Ruffolo’s free pick:
New York Rangers +105