The New York Rangers can be at Madison Square Garden once more on Friday night time as they battle the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final at 8 p.m.
New York couldn’t have requested for a greater Game 1. The Blueshirts scored simply over a minute into the sport as ahead Chris Kreider discovered himself large open in entrance of the online and tucked his ninth purpose of the playoffs.
After a fairly even first half of the sport, the Rangers dominated the remainder of the way in which. Filip Chytil scored two objectives in lower than 5 minutes to place New York up 4-2. Only 30 seconds into the third interval, Artemi Panarin scored his fifth of the playoffs to place this sport away for good.
Can the Rangers place themselves to be solely two video games away from the Stanley Cup Final for the primary time in eight years? Here are my picks and predictions for Game 2 with odds powered by Tipico Sportsbook.
Spread: Lightning -1.5 (+185)
There’s little question the remainder vs. rust debate was settled on the ice Wednesday night time. The second you knew the Lightning had been gassed was on the fourth Rangers’ purpose. Tampa Bay couldn’t get the puck out of its personal finish for almost two minutes when Chytil scored his second of the night time and fourth in three video games.
Now you are questioning, effectively, why is he selecting the Bolts to win by two or extra objectives after their Game 1 lackluster efficiency? The reply is how they’ve responded on this state of affairs. Including this postseason, the Lightning are 17-0 after a loss. Tampa Bay has not misplaced back-to-back playoff video games since Games 3 and 4 of the 2019 playoffs when it gained the Presidents Trophy and obtained swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Take a take a look at their collection in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs within the first spherical. Similar to Wednesday night time, the Lightning obtained embarrassed 5-0 in Game 1 and 5-2 in Game 3. In Game 2, they bounced again and gained 5-2 whereas they dominated Game 4 with a 7-3 victory in Tampa Bay. In these 18 wins after a loss, 9 of them got here by two or extra objectives.
As disappointing a loss as Game 1 was for the Lightning, they need to be again on monitor Friday night time, and I believe they do in an enormous means by successful by at the very least two objectives at MSG.
Over/Under: Under 5.5 complete objectives (-115)
In what I believed was a wise play with two of the perfect goalies within the NHL, it appeared destined that the below was not the suitable transfer after Kreider’s purpose simply 71 seconds into Game 1.
With my logic that the Lightning bounce again in Game 2, you’d should imagine we see a greater outing from Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Last 12 months’s playoff MVP definitely didn’t play prefer it after 9 days off and it confirmed. It was probably the most objectives he allowed within the postseason since he let in six objectives in opposition to the Florida Panthers in Round 1 of the 2020-21 playoffs. Since that sport, he is allowed 4 or extra objectives solely as soon as after a loss.
If you are going with the developments, it’s going to let you know to take the over. The complete has gone over in three of the final 5 head-to-head conferences and 6 of the final eight video games for the Rangers’ at MSG. The over has hit in 5 straight video games for New York as a house underdog. For the Lightning, the over is 11-3 in Tampa Bay’s final 14 video games as a favourite together with 4-1 within the final 5 as a highway favourite.
I may very well be very unsuitable once more come late Friday night time however I believe we see a extra defensive battle with two of the perfect goalies in your complete NHL.
Moneyline: Lightning (-130)
Even with the Game 1 drubbing, it must be no shock that the Lightning are the favorites on Tipico Sportsbook. Tampa Bay has responded time and time once more during the last two-and-a-half postseasons with no back-to-back losses over that stretch.
The Lightning have gained 9 of their final 10 Game 2’s and are 4-0 on the highway in these such video games.
If you imagine the Rangers will buck the pattern and take a 2-0 collection lead, I might level you within the route of New York to win in regulation at +165 on Tipico Sportsbook. The two groups have mixed to solely go to time beyond regulation 4 instances this postseason in 25 video games.
As nice as it might be to leap out to an enormous lead in opposition to the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, I believe the Rangers’ will get the Bolts’ finest effort Friday night time and are available up simply quick at MSG.
I’m taking Tampa Bay on the moneyline (-130), to cowl the -1.5 puck line (+180) and the below 5.5 complete objectives at Tipico Sportsbook.
Prediction: Lightning 3, Rangers 1
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