New York Rangers (14-12-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (23-7-1)
NHL Hockey: Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -255 / New York Rangers +226 — Over/Under: 6.5
TV: MSG, SunS
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The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Monday in NHL action at the Amalie Arena.
The New York Rangers could use a feel good victory after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 14 goals, Mika Zibanejad has 17 assists and Kevin Hayes has 65 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 76.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 59 goals on 726 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 25 goals on 248 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 3.9 goals per game and are scoring on 29 percent of their power play opportunities. Brayden Point leads Tampa Bay with 21 goals, Nikita Kucherov has 32 assists and Steven Stamkos has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 82.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up 30 goals on 412 shots faced and Louis Domingue has allowed 50 goals on 533 shots. The Tampa Bay Lightning have allowed there or less goals in six of their last nine games.
The Rangers are 8-2 in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest, 19-46 in their last 65 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Lightning are 50-20 in their last 70 home games, 41-14 in their last 55 vs. Eastern Conference and 36-15 in their last 51 overall. The Rangers are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Tampa Bay. The over is 11-5-2 in Lightning last 18 overall. The under is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
There’s just no way I’m laying -255 odds in a hockey game, but I’m certainly not betting against theTampa Bay Lightning in their current form. Instead, I’ll side with the over in this game. Both teams have been in rather solid shape offensively over the last week and the last two games between the Rangers and Lightning have produced a combined 18 goals. This could be an offensive explosion type game.