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2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Final Rangers vs. Lightning Betting

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Final Rangers vs. Lightning Betting

Many observers declared the series over when the Rangers went up 2-0 midway through the second period in game three.  Indeed, the Lightning was in serious trouble.  At that moment, Tampa Bay was trailing the series 2-0.  Analytics geeks were tweeting the merits of the Rangers.  In turn, they had numbers that declared the Lightning a dead NHL betting property.  But there is one formula the numbers guys haven’t crunched.  That metric is the heart of a champion.  Tampa Bay rallied to win the game and get back into the series.  It was a statement-making performance.

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Eastern Conference Final New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022,
Time: 8:00 pm ET
Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
TV Coverage: ESPN

New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Betting Odds

Rangers +1½ ( -175 ) 5½ ( +105 ) +155
Lightning -1½ ( +155 ) 5½ ( -125 ) -175
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers Series Schedule

All Times Eastern

Game 4 – June 7 – Rangers at Lightning – 8 p.m. – ESPN

Game 5 – June 9 – Lightning at Rangers – 8 p.m. – TBD

Game 6 – June 11 – Rangers at Lightning – 8 p.m. – TBD*

Game 7 – June 14 – Lightning at Rangers – 8 p.m. – TBD*

* – If necessary 

A Profound Game Three Performance

First-round action saw the Lightning fall behind the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2.  The Lightning won game six to force a seventh and deciding sportsbook matchup.  Toronto had the chance to clinch the series in game seven on home ice.  At the onset, the highly skilled Maple Leafs were the touted favorite.  But in that seventh game, the Lighting showed what the heart of a champion is all about.  Tampa Bay sacrificed their bodies blocking shots.  The Lightning hustled after loose pucks and to check off rushes.  Most important of all, goaltender Andrei Vasilievskiy was a rock of Gibraltar.

Tampa Bay’s game seven wins at Toronto should have served as a betting on NHL warning.  Specifically, it will be incredibly difficult to dethrone the 2-time defending Stanley Cup champions.  Most teams would have folded in game three.  But Tampa Bay drew new life and rallied for the win.

Game four on Tuesday night has new handicapping dynamics.  The broad smiles seen on the faces of the Rangers were gone at the buzzer on game three.  Certainly, New York knows they are in a tough series against the champions.  The question is if the Rangers will awaken to the reality of a fight for their lives.  Tampa Bay has its confidence restored.  They have done this before.  And they know they can do it again.

CashBet Odds Analysis – How Gamblers See It

Suddenly, those Ranger backers are not so sure of themselves.  Indeed, pro hockey betting got a wake-up call for all.  Tampa Bay won two Stanley Cup championships during the pandemic.  It is hard enough to win one when times are good.  But to win two with all of the COVID issues was a virtual impossibility.  Correlate there is no statistical measurement for character and heart.  But gamblers were reminded that the Lightning has it.  In turn, they got a crash course in the Rangers’ relative lack of such experience.

New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Against the Spread  

New York has gone under the hockey betting total in seven of its last ten games.  Late on, the Rangers have won four of their previous five matchups.  Specifically, against the Lightning, the Rangers have won five of their last six.  New York and Tampa Bay have gone over the total in four of their previous six games at Tampa Bay.  New York is 1-4 under the total on the road.

Overall, the Lightning has gone under the total in seven of their last eight games.  Tampa Bay is 7-2 in their most recent nine matchups.  Also, the Lighting has gotten the cash in five straight home games.  

Rangers vs. Lightning CashBet Free Pick   

In this situation, Lightning brings the most NHL gambling ability in this series.  With Tampa Bay, it’s a matter of mind over matter.

Rangers vs. Lightning CashBet Series Best Bet  

Tampa Bay Lightning


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