Tampa Bay Lightning versus New York Rangers Pick Prediction NHL Pro Hockey Playoff Game 1 Betting Lines Odds Preview 5-16-2015

The Tampa Bay Lightning will travel for Game 1 of the Eastern conference finals as they face the New York Rangers in an NHL playoff pro hockey game scheduled for Saturday May 16th.

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The puck will drop from Madison Square Garden in New York at 1Pm Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by NBC TV.

The betting odds for Game 1 have the home side New York Rangers the -140 favorite with the return on the underdog Tampa Bay Lightning at +120 odds. The goal total came in at five goals.

The teams met three times during the regular season with Tampa Bay winning all three games in regulation time. The team games in New York were won by the Lightning by scores of 5-1 and 6-3.

Tampa Bay advances to the Eastern conference finals after the 4-1 home victory in Game 6 on Tuesday to the Montreal Canadians as a -138 betting favorite. The goal total finished as the closing line of five goals.

The Lightning had 28 shots on net and went 1 of 2 on the power play. They stormed out to the 3-0 lead after two periods. Nikita Kucherov had two goals and one assist for three points. Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat contributed with goals in the win. Ben Bishop was in net and turned away 18 of 19 shots on goal.

New York escaped a Game 7 to advance into the third round of the playoffs after the 2-1 home overtime victory on Wednesday to the Washington Capitals as a -160 betting odds favorite. The total went under five goals.

New York had 39 shots on goal and went 1 of 4 on the power play. The game winner came by Derek Stepan at 11:24 in overtime for the victory with Daniel Girardi and Keith Yandle providing the assists. The Rangers coughed up the first goal of the game coming in the first period to Alex Ovechkin. The equalizer came at 6:22 of the second period as Kevin Hayes scored on the power play. Henrik Lundqvist won another Game 7 in the playoffs and saved 35 of 36 shots on his net including eight in overtime.

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