The Tampa Bay Lightning have rolled to the win in five of their last six games against the New York Rangers as those two teams prepare to hit the ice together on Wednesday night in Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.
Tampa Bay tied up the series at 1-1 on Monday night with a 6-2 victory at Madison Square Garden as road underdogs on the NHL betting lines at the online sportsbooks. New York won Game 1 by a 2-1 score at home as a -145 odds favorite.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The visiting New York Rangers opened as -260 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds – VSB
, including BetOnline. The total opened at 4.5 for those preferring over under betting, watch for the line updates during the day at Bodog.
Odds – VSB
computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 2.9-2.8 victory for the Lightning.
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The New York Rangers will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 62-27-7 this season, while the Lightning are 59-30-8. New York is 42-44-10 against the total, while Tampa Bay is 49-45-3 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs New York injuries news.
The Tampa Bay Lightning sit at No. 2 in the current NHL power poll here at Odds – VSB
, while the New York Rangers sit at a No. 16 on the same chart.
Offensively, the game matches up the Tampa Bay Lightning No. 2-ranked offense (3.12 goals per game) against a New York Rangers defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.28 goals per game allowed. The Lightning powerplay has clicked at a 19.3% rate while the Rangers have a 83.88% rate on the penalty kill.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Tampa Bay was a 6-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Rangers. They won as +124 underdogs, while the total score of 8 made winners of OVER bettors.
- NY Rangers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of NY Rangers’s last 12 games
- NY Rangers is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers’s last 5 games on the road
- Tampa Bay is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
- Tampa Bay is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home
- Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last 5 games when playing NY Rangers
Next Betting Matchups
New York at Tampa Bay, Friday, May 22nd