Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers/ NHL – Thanks to excellent winning series the Lighting has separated from the rest of crowd at the first place of Eastern Conference and currently they have six points more than 2nd-placed Toronto. Atmosphere in the locker room ahead of game with the Rangers is excellent. New York Rangers have put an end to three-game losing streak in the previous round but they are still one of weakest visiting teams in the league.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers begins 11.12.2018 at 01:30 CET
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning seem very impressive and they are definitely the main favourites to win the first place in the Eastern Conference. Although Toronto is very close we don’t believe that will be able to keep up with Tampa Bay Lightning as it lost just once in last 10 games. They lost at home to Anaheim and by that Tampa won six games in a row. Two previous games were played in Tampa and they won Boston 3-2 in the first on, but the second one with Colorado Avalanche stands out.
Despite facing the 3rd-placed team in the Western Conference that has just one point fewer than Nashville, the Lighting had steamrolled their opponents by incredible 7-1. Such high victory against team that is positioned in the very top of Western Conference and is one of main favourites to win the first place has showed how much Tampa Bay is strong. Besides Toronto, we don’t see any other team that could face them on equal footing at the moment, and perhaps the time has come to win long awaited Stanley Cup.
New York Rangers
The Rangers currently occupy the ninth place in the Western Conference and ahead of them is a bitter race for the play-off. The NHL is quite equalised this season and the Rangers can both end up near the top or bottom of standings. Right now they have three points fewer than 5th-placed Columbus and only four more than 14th-placed Philadelphia. If they lose several games in a row they could easily find themselves at the very bottom of standings. That is why this away match with the Lighting absolutely doesn’t suit the Rangers as they are not in a good shape.
Out of last seven games they won just two and lost five. After three weak results and defeat by Ottawa, Montreal and Winnipeg they did a bit better in the previous round when they won Florida away after penalties. The Rangers won 4-5 after a very efficient game. Despite having a lead for most of time the winner had to be decided in penalty shootout. That was the first away victory for the Rangers in last five games.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers PICK
Given shape of the two teams anything but victory of the home team would be a great surprise. The Lighting lost just one home game out of last seven, while the guests are alongside the Devils and Ottawa the worst visiting team in their conference. When we put all this together it becomes clear why we would play on victory of the home team here.
Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning wins
Odds: 1.70 at 888sport (down to 1.65 can be played)
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