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New York Rangers v Tampa Bay Lightning; Match 5 Picks
Updated June 8, 2022
Thursday night sees Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final, and here we look at the latest match-up between Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers and bring you our latest free NHL betting picks.
Both sides have now played two games each at home, and for the fifth encounter, we’re back at the Madison Square Garden for New York’s next home leg of the series. From here on in, it’s one alternative home match each.
So far, the 2022 Eastern Conference final has been a great contest, unlike the Western! The two teams – by and large – have been evenly matched throughout, and with the Lightning winning last night’s encounter 4-1, the series is nicely set up heading back to New York with the two sides at two wins each.
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Elsewhere in the Conference finals, the Colorado Avalanche continued their relentless march towards the Stanley Cup. Jared Bednar’s team made light work of the Edmonton Oilers, beating them four games to zero in the Western Conference finals.
Before we go on to our betting picks, let’s look back at the four matches to help us gauge the form ahead of Match 5.
Match 1 – New York 6-2 Tampa Bay
The Rangers made the most of starting the series with home advantage by thrashing the Lightning 6-2 in front of an ecstatic MSG crowd.
The game was close up until the halfway point in the 2nd period. After 10 minutes, it was 2-2, and then a quick fire double from Filip Chytil saw the Rangers race into a 4-2 lead. Two further strikes in the 3rd period saw the home side start with a convincing win.
Match 2 – New York 3-2 Tampa Bay
This match was a lot closer in the scoreline, but in some ways, it was a more convincing win for the Rangers.
Gerard Gallant’s team went one goal to nil down early but were soon back level after K’Andre Miller’s equalizer after 5.59 of the 1st period.
A second goal at the end of the opening period gave New York the lead, and after 1 minute and 21 seconds of the 3rd period, they were 3-1 up thanks to a goal from Mika Zibanejad.
Tampa Bay’s second in the dying embers only helped give the scoreline a more respectable feel.
Match 3 – Tampa Bay 3-2 New York
The first match down at Florida’s Amalie Arena allowed the Lightning to get a much-needed foothold in the series. At the halfway point of the 2nd period, the hosts found themselves 2-0 down. And in grave danger of going 3-0 down in the series.
A magnificent comeback started by Nikita Kucherov saw the Lightning winning 3-2 on the night. The winning goal from Ondrej Palat only arrived after 19 minutes and 18 seconds of the 3rd period!
Match 4 – Tampa Bay 4-1 New York
In the last of the Florida double header, the Lightning asserted their authority with a 4-1 win. Could this match be the turning point of the whole series?
Tampa scored early in the 1st period to get off to a flyer, and when Steven Stamkos made it 3-0 early in the 3rd period, the match was all over. It was a pretty emphatic victory for the Lightning.
In the latest Las Vegas NHL odds, the Lightning is the favorite again to win the series. They orignally went into the series regarded as the stronger team, but lost their favorites tag after losing the first two matches.
BetOnline makes the Lightning -170 to win the series and has the Rangers at +150.
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