N.Y. Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Pick
Lundqvist has been standing up strong with a 2.68 GAA and 0.919 save percentage. Normally that wouldn’t be worth noting, but given the team around Lundqvist, he’s been doing the best he can. Ondrej Pavelec, now retired, was in net back in March against the Lightning and got torched for 6 goals. The Lightning took a 7-3 win off the Rangers with a barrage of shots on net.
Tampa racked up 49 shots in the contest, as Pavelec didn’t stand much of a chance. It was more of the same in their meeting prior to that game. The Bolts hit the net 45 times in a 5-3 victory and Henrik was benched after allowing 4 goals on 31 shots.
So, in their last two meetings, the Lightning have rattled off 94 shots and 12 goals against the guys from NYC. The Rangers have struggled mightily on the road as well, with a record of 4-8-2. They’ve scored 2.5 goals and allowed 4.14 goals per game on the road. Conversely, Tampa have tallied 4.18 goals and allowed 2.59 per game at home. We’ve seen this act from them before in the regular season and then they suffer a major flop in the playoffs, though.
The Lightning lead the NHL with 3.94 goals per game overall. They’ve won six straight games and are 11-2 in their previous thirteen games. I don’t see them slowing down against a Rangers team who have struggled to find any sense of continuity on the road in the 2018-19 campaign. There is going to be too much firepower on the ice for Tampa in this contest. With the return of Ondrej Palat on the Stamkos-Gourde line, the Lightning are even more dangerous than they were before December. Look for a 5-2 or 5-3 Lightning win, so a play on the puckline seems justified.