That New York Rangers fly high to face it Tampa Bay Blitz Sunday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Playoff Series. New York leads the series 2-0. The puck drop from Amalie Arena is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET (ESPN). Below we look at those Rangers vs. Lightning Game 3 Odds and Linesand meet our expert NHL tips, predictions and bets.
Rangers put on two clinics to come out 2-0 in the series. They pushed the pace offensively to score 6 goals in Game 1 and they finished it off defensively to claim a 3-2 win in Game 2. C Mika Zibanejad scored the winning goal on Friday to extend his points streak to 7 games.
The Lightning scored within the first 3 minutes of Game 2, but they didn’t score another goal until the last 3 minutes of the game. This marked the first time Tampa has lost consecutive postseason games in the past three postseason games. They made a late push to make it 3-2 with an extra attacker on the ice, but Rangers G Igor Shesterkin was fantastic in the last 90 seconds of the game to seal the win.
Rangers at Lightning Odds and Lines
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money line: Rangers +135 (bet $100 to win $135) | Lightning -170 (bet $170 to win $100)
Against the Spread (ATS): Rangers +1.5 (-190) | Flash -1.5 (+145)
Over/Under (O/U): 5.5 (T: +105 | B: -130)
Rangers at Lightning projected goalies
Igor Shesterkin (10-5, 2.60 GAA, 0.929 SV% – Playoffs) vs. Andrei Vasilyevsky (8-5, 2.58 GAA, 0.921 SV%, 1 SO – playoffs)
Shesterkin was great in the last 2 minutes of Game 2 as he made several saves to keep Rangers in front. He made 29 saves from 31 shots in the game and has conceded more than 2 goals once in his last 9 games. The path to the cup goes through it, and it will be uphill.
Vassy made 25 saves on 28 shots in Game 2, and he just wasn’t that sharp after a 9-day hiatus. Neither did the team before him. Vasilevskiy was 20-8-4 with 2.23 GAA and 0.921 SV% at home during the regular season and he was even better in the playoffs at home 4-1 with 1.90 GAA and 0.943 SV%.
Rangers at Lightning tips and predictions
Lightning 4, Rangers 3
Things tightened in Game 2, but Tampa didn’t have enough offense to get through. They’re really hard to beat at home and C Steven Stamko felt the momentum should carry over from the offensive pressure they put on in the last 2 minutes of Game 2. We also. Tampa narrowly wins to get back on the series. It’s very chalky, but we’ll take that LIGHTNING (-170).
against the spread
One of our props scored in Game 2 when the Lightning scored first, but they didn’t quite make it past 2.5 goals. You must score 3 or more points to win. I’m not a fan of either puck line as Tampa has yet to come up offensively. There is a special mini-parlay with increased odds that I like: A storm is coming: LIGHTNING WINS FIRST PERIOD AND GAME (+200).
The over made the money in game 1 and the under took the deal in game 2. The over has made money once in their last 7 games for Tampa. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 matches between these teams in Tampa. The Rangers are rolling offensively, and Tampa is desperate. This feels like an over game. TAKE ON 5.5 (+105).
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