It’s all tied up in the 2022 Eastern Conference finals of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Who will take the 3-2 series lead on Thursday? Check out our preview below of Game 5 of the battle between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers.
Betting Preview for the Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers 2022 Playoffs Round 3 Game 5 on June 9, 2022
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York
When: Thursday, June 9, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Tampa Bay Lightning (odds)
Regular Season Record: 54-20-8
The Lightning have taken full control of the momentum in the series after coming up with their best performance yet in the 2022 Eastern Conference finals. Behind the heroics of their first line, the Lightning scored a 4-1 win at home in Game 4. Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov each scored a goal following, while Patrick Maroon lit the lamp first to set things up nicely for Tampa Bay, which is also relishing the return to top form of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. The future Hall of Famer netminder stopped all 30 even-strength shots from the Rangers and 34 of 35 overall. Tampa Bay’s two-way dominance has started to show, so it could be a different – and much more positive – story for the Lightning the next time they skate on Madison Square Garden’s ice this coming Thursday.
The Lightning, who have a 68.23 xGF% so far in this series, are 6-1 in their last 7 games after a win.
Betting on the New York Rangers (odds)
Regular Season Record: 52-24-6
The good news for the Rangers is that they are finally out of Tampa Bay — for now. They will be returning to the site of their glory days in this series, having won the first two games of this matchup at home, though they might be missing some key pieces. Ryan Strome was scratched in Game 4 because of a lower-body injury, while Filip Chytil exited the same game and did not return after taking a hit. Nevertheless, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad, and Artemi Panarin will certainly be there on the ice this Thursday to try to get goalie Igor Shesterkin the scoring support they were not able to provide in Game 4. New York will also look to continue doing damage on the man advantage, as it is 4/10 on the power play through four games against the Lightning.
The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 games as an underdog at home.
The Lightning win, 3-2.
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