2022 NHL Playoffs Odds Tampa Bay Lightning v NY Rangers Game 5 Betting Analysis

2022 NHL Playoffs Odds: Tampa Bay Lightning v NY Rangers Game 5 Betting Analysis

Fans of teams entering the postseason hope to see their team move on as quickly as possible, while the rest of us hope for extended, exciting series. We have a little of each in the Conference Finals in the NHL. The Colorado Avalanche have already punched their ticket into the Stanley Cup Final after sweeping the Edmonton Oilers in the West. Over in the Eastern Conference, we have a series that looks set to go the distance, as the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers are tied up at 2-2 as they prepare for Game 5 in the Big Apple on Thursday night. This series has gone the way of the home team from start to finish, so while it may still look like advantage Rangers at this point, it is the Lightning who are favored in Game 5. The goal total for this one is set at 5 ½.

NHL Eastern Conference Final Series: Lightning at New York Betting Prediction for Game 5

Tampa Bay Lightning versus New York Rangers Game 5 Info

  • When: Thursday, June 9 at 8 PM EST
  • Where: Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • TV: ESPN

Why bet on the Tampa Bay Lightning

All good things must eventually come to an end, but it seems that no one has told the Tampa Bay Lightning that this is how things work. They are well on their way to nabbing a threepeat, but they will be more than well aware that there is still a lot to be done before they get their hands on the trophy once again. The tenacity of this team is amazing, as they have looked down and out a couple of times already in these playoffs. They were on the brink of elimination in Round 1 before coming back to beat the Maple Leafs in 7, and then found themselves in an 0-2 hole to the Rangers before tying the series up at home. This is a team that seems to get on a roll, as they are now 6-1 SU in games immediately following a win. They have been keeping things tight and have seen the UNDER hit in 8 of their last 9.

Why bet on the New York Rangers

One of the main goals of any team heading into the playoffs is to get in a position where they have home ice advantage through as much of the playoffs as possible. With this series now down to a best-of-3, the Rangers are still in the enviable position of having 2 of the final 3 games at home, assuming that this series does in fact go the full 7 games. The Rangers have thrived in their own building through the playoffs, but they have also risen up when hit with the underdog label, going 5-1 SU in their last 6 games as a home ice dog. That includes a pair of wins at Madison Square Garden in this series. While the UNDER has been trending in this series, the Rangers have seen the OVER hot in each of their last 8 games after suffering a loss by 3 or more goals.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Given that this series is so tight, it is easy to simply take the UNDER and move on. It has certainly worked to this point. I am going to stick with that way of thinking for Game 5, and I also like the Rangers at odds of +1 ½.

NHL Playoffs Betting Pick: Tampa Bay Lightning 2 New York Rangers 3


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