Our NHL consultant takes a look at Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals series on Wednesday between the Rangers and Lightning. Can the Rangers bounce back from an embarrassing home defeat in Game 2? Read this insightful betting preview article to find out.
Huge Game 3 on Wednesday Between Rangers and Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday versus the New York Rangers at 8:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Heritage, Tampa Bay is a -128 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. The series is tied at one game apiece following a Lightning 6-2 blowout win at Madison Square Garden in Game 2 on Monday. Counting the regular season, Tampa Bay has gone 4-1 versus the Rangers, and four of the five have gone over the total.
Rangers recuperative Powers
There’s some positive news that the Rangers can take away from their embarrassing loss on home ice in Game 2. “The Blue Shirts” have gone 11-2 in the last thirteen, and 17-6 in their previous twenty-three games following a loss. They’ve also been the best road team in the NHL this season with a 31-15 money line mark heading into Game 3, and that includes 28-9 in their last thirty-seven away games.
The Tampa Bay Lightning is the top goal scoring team in the NHL. Through a combined ninety-seven games between the regular season and playoffs, Tampa Bay is averaging 3.1 goals per contest and scored 303 times overall. Their power play has been red-hot over the last five games, going 7-for-16 (46.7%). The Lightning has the best home record in the NHL during the regular season by going 32-9, but they’re just 4-3 during the playoffs when cast into that role. Despite playing the Rangers five times this season, they’ve only hosted them once, and skated away with a 4-3 win in that contest which took place way back on 11/26/2014.
Final Analysis and Totals Betting System
Even though the final score indicated a lopsided game, there was plenty of end to end exciting action, and I look for that type of play to continue in Game 3. Both of these clubs possess plenty of overall speed, and each of their power play units are starting to heat up. The teams combined to score five power play goals in Game 2. I’ll have a strong lean toward this game being a high scoring affair when making my NHL picks
Any road team with a total of 5.0 or less, playing with same season revenge stemming from a home loss by four goals or more, and they have a winning percentage of better than .500, resulted in that road team going 51-22 (69.9%) over the total since 1996.
NHL Picks: Rangers and Lightning to go over the total of 5.0 at BetOnline