New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jun 2, 2022 02:00 CET

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New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction

The New York Rangers welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Final. The last time the Rangers made it to the conference finals was back in 2015 when they faced the Lightning and got eliminated in seven games. They have a chance to finally exact revenge but Tampa Bay has been dominating the NHL recently winning two straight titles.

New York Rangers

The Rangers enter this final flying high after a dominant display in game 7 against the Carolina Hurricanes couple of days ago. It was a hard-fought semi-final series with both teams exchanging blows and winning at home. New York was the first team to win away from home ice and they did it when it mattered the most.

Carolina was undefeated at home prior to game 7 but stood no chance as the Rangers took over from the start. New York’s offense is on the rise after scoring a total of 11 goals in the last two games of that series but their team hasn’t faced a defense of Tampa Bay’s caliber. It’s safe to say the Rangers won´t be scoring as much as they have been so far so their defense will have to shift into a higher gear.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning are on the hunt for their third straight Stanley Cup title. After a very tough seven-game series in round 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, they swept the top-seeded Florida Panthers in the conference semi-finals. After finishing in the middle of the pack in the regular season, the reigning champions demonstrated against Florida they are still the team to beat.

Tampa Bay is slowly turning into a playoff team. They won two titles in a row after average performances during the regular season but always rise to the occasion and get the job done in the playoffs. They made their intentions clear after struggling against the Maple Leafs in round 1 sweeping one of the main title favourites so other teams have to beware. As their lifetime captain Steven Stamkos said in the interview before the game – they don’t care who they are playing and just want to win.

New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction

It’s the opening game of the series and the Rangers are playing at home so we wouldn´t write them off. In our opinion, the most valuable option for betting is the Total Under. New York has shown some signs of defensive improvement in their series against the Hurricanes while Tampa Bay has been the best defensive team in the playoffs and only allowed three goals in their series against the Panthers.

Prediction: Total Under 5.5

Odds: 1.86

Bookmaker: 22Bet

Date and time: 02.06.2022 02:00CET

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