There are just three games on the NHL schedule today, one of which takes place in Madison Square Garden as the New York Rangers (31-16-3) host the Tampa Bay Lightning (27-18-5). New York has been on top in their last two NHL scores and the Lightning have won three games in a row. The Rangers beat the Lighting in Tampa Bay 5-1 on December 30.
Lightning vs Rangers Picks
- Pick: Over 6.5 (-105)
Andrei Vasilevskiy (2.85 GAA, .899 save percentage) is expected to start in goal for the Lightning, while Igor Shesterkin (2.86 GAA, .899 save percentage) is the projected starting goaltender for the Rangers. Let’s check out the NHL odds for the game along with the Lightning vs Rangers score prediction.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers Odds
TB Lightning vs NY Rangers Information
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers
Location of the game: Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York
Date & Time: Wednesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. ET
How to Watch: TNT
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers Recent Scores
Tampa Bay is 8-2-0 in its last 10 games and among the leading NHL picks today to make the playoffs. They’ve won three in a row all by 6-3 scores, most recently beating the New Jersey Devils on January 27.
The Rangers are coming off of a 2-1 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. Jonathan Quick stopped 32 of 33 shots and Alexis Lafreniere and Artemi Panarin scored for the Rangers.
Last Game Records
Tampa Bay has lost two consecutive games against the Rangers. It’s worth noting for the Lightning vs Rangers score prediction that they also have just one win in their last seven games against New York.
The New York Rangers record is 6-0-1 in their last seven games against the Lightning. They’ve outscored Tampa Bay 11-4 in their last two games.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers Betting Preview
Lighting among the Hottest Teams in the League
Tampa Bay, third in the NHL standings in the Atlantic Division, are 8-2 in their last 10 games and have outscored their opposition 44-28 during that stretch. That’s an average of 4.4 goals per game, which has boosted the team to T4th in goals per game (3.48) this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning are 23rd in goals allowed (3.28), but have also shown improvement in that regard as of late.
The Lighting are just 10-13-2 on the road this season, but have won two of their last three away from home. Nikita Kucherov leads the team in NHL player stats with 85 points (32 goals, 53 assists) and is among the leading NHL picks to win the Art Ross Trophy. The Tampa Bay Lightning injuries include Tanner Jeannot, Mikhail Sergachev, and Erik Cernak.
Rangers Need More from Shesterkin
New York is ninth in goals allowed (2.82) this season and, surprisingly, that’s in large part due to the play of Quick, who has a 2.35 GAA and .918 save percentage in 18 games. Shesterkin has been one of the best goalies in the league in recent years, but has been inconsistent this season and needs to elevate his game for the New York Rangers to be a legit Stanley Cup contender. He has allowed 13 goals on just 84 shots in his last four starts.
The Rangers are 12th in NHL stats for goals (3.24) and shots (31.3) and have the league’s third-best power-play (27 percent). Panarin leads the team in NHL player stats with 67 points (31 goals, 36 assists). Filip Chytil is the only Ranger out with an injury.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers Odds Breakdown
For the Lightning vs Rangers score prediction, Tampa Bay is a betting underdog with +110 moneyline odds and +1.5 (-220) puck line odds. The Rangers have NHL odds of -130 for the moneyline and -1.5 (+180) for the puck line. The over/under is 6.5 according to BetUS.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers Pick and Prediction
Given the Lightning’s red-hot offense and Shesterkin’s struggles as of late, the over is the best bet for the Lightning vs. Islanders score prediction.
- Final Score Prediction: 5-4 Rangers
- Pick: Over 6.5 (-105)
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