Two teams that need just another win or so to clinch their postseason spot will get together Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the New York Rangers. The Lightning are 45-28-5 on the season, and second in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning trail Florida by just 2 points. For the New York Rangers, they are third in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers trail both Washington and Pittsburgh in the division, but have 95 points, with a 43-26-9 record. Find out the updated NHL online betting lines here.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Rangers Pro Hockey Odds
When: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Where: New York
TV: MSG, NBCSN, TVAS, SNO, SNP
Radio: SiriusXM Radio
Stream Option: NHL Stream
NHL Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Rangers
The New York Rangers are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The Rangers are scoring 2.8 goals per game, led by center Derrick Brassard. Brassard has 27 goals and 31 assists thus far. The Rangers have struggled on the penalty kill, as they are the third worst in the league, allowing goals on 22.1% of the time. The Rangers need just 5 points the rest of the season to get to 100 or more for the third time the past five seasons. New York is likely to take on Pittsburgh in the first round of the postseason.
Why Bet on the Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. That was a big win for Tampa Bay, to get them to 95 points on the season. The Lightning still have a chance at winning the Atlantic Division, trailing the Panthers by just 2 points. The offense for Tampa Bay has been anchored by Steven Stamkos, with 36 goals and 28 assists, but it is likely he will miss the postseason with an injury. Tampa Bay is scoring 2.7 goals per game, and Ben Bishop and the defense is allowing just 2.3 goals per game.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
This is a pretty fun rivalry game between these two teams. These two teams have had a bunch of success on their own, and also had some great games against each other. This game should be no different, as there is still a bunch riding on the line in this game. The final deciding factor in this game is the goaltending of Henrik Lundqvuist, of the New York Rangers. He will be sharp and the Rangers are going to win this game. Bet the New York Rangers -122 over the Tampa Bay Lightning.