Don’t miss out on the NHL showdown between the Rangers and Lightning. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Eastern conference game currently have the Lightning as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 6 goals.
NEW YORK RANGERS VS TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING BETTING PICK
The Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning -1.5
This game will be played at Amalie Arena at 7:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.
WHY BET THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING:
- The Lightning enter this game as 1.5-goal favorites and in our projections and we anticipate them winning by a score of 4-3.
- Take the Lightning on the moneyline
- On the spread, we like Rangers (+1.5)
Will the Rangers Find a Way to Win in Tampa?
In their 34 games, the Rangers have a 24-9-1 record this season. While playing at their home arena, they have a 12-4-0 record, and their record on the road is 12-5-1. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 1st, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 1st.
Against the puck line, New York is 17-17. Their road puck line record so far is 11-7 while sitting 6-10 at home against the puckline. This season, New York’s games are averaging 6.2 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6.1. The Rangers currently have an over/under record of 17-15-2.
New York has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 3 goals per game while allowing 2. The team also performed well vs the puck line at 3-0.
When looking at their offense, the Rangers have an average of 3.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 11th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 19th in the league. The Rangers went 18-5 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 6-3.
New York’s current leading scorer is Artemi Panarin. This season, he has 20 goals, which puts him 6th in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Panarin has 27 assists this season.
Tampa Bay defense takes on the Rangers ranked 10th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.9 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They alsso are 5th in shutouts, with 3 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Igor Shesterkin has started 21 games this season. His current record stands at 14-7, and his save percentage is 0.85%.
Do the Lightning Stand a Chance at Home?
For the season, the Lightning currently hold an overall record of 17-14-5. On the road, Tampa Bay has gone 7-10-2 and they are 10-4-3 at home. They are currently positioned 4th in the Eastern Atlantic division and 10th in the Eastern conference.
When it came to the puck line, Tampa Bay heads in with a 18-18 record. On the road, their mark is 7-12 and their overall home performance is 11-6 vs. the puck line. For the season, the average number of goals per game in matchups featuring Tampa Bay is 6.8. The season’s average over/under line is currently at 6.5. The Lightning come in with an over/under record of 16-18-2.
Through their last three home games, Tampa Bay has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 2-1 while averaging 3 goals per game.
On the offensive side, the Lightning are scoring an 3.3 goals per game this season, ranking 6th in the NHL. When it came to shots on target per game, they are 11th in the league. The Tampa Bay offense is ranked 1st in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they find themselves at 30th in the NHL.
Tampa Bay’s leading goal scorer is Nikita Kucherov. So far this season, he has 24 goals, placing him 2nd in the NHL. In addition to his goal scoring, Kucherov has 34 assists this season.
Defensively, the Lightning are currently 10th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 30.9 shots per game against Tampa Bay. They also are 5th in shutouts, coming in with 3 shutouts.
Entering the game, goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy has started 14 games this season. His current record stands at 8-6, and his save percentage is 0.57%.