NHL Pick: Lundqvist to Make a Difference in Lightning-Rangers Game 7

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:52 PM GMT

Wednesday, May. 27, 2015 4:52 PM GMT

Our NHL consultant has gone an impressive 29-18 during these 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Take the time to read Lightning/Rangers Game 7 betting preview article that concludes with a money line pick.

Game 7 Drama at Madison Square Garden on Friday
The Rangers host the Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday at 8:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at 5Dimes, the Rangers are a -142 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. Home ice has been overvalued in this series thus far as road teams have gone 4-2. Four of the last five games have gone over the total.

 

Goaltending
After being so good in the first two rounds of the playoffs, Ben Bishop has encountered some shaky moments in the Eastern Conference Finals. He was pulled from Game 6 after allowing five goals on just 26 shots during a 7-3 Tampa Bay loss. He’s now allowed 15 goals in the last four games, and compiled a poor .856 save percentage during that time. On a positive note, in his three road starts during this series, Bishop allowed just a combined four goals, earned one shutout, and posted a superb .956 save percentage.

Henrik Lundquist endured two nightmarish types of starts in Games 2 and 3 of this conference final. During those outings he allowed six goals in each game, and had a miserable .819 save percentage. Since that time he’s been magnificent during Games 4 through 6, posting a stellar 2.00 GAA, and an excellent .940 save percentage.

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Final Analysis
As I stated in my Game 6 preview article, the only thing that’s been predictable has been the unpredictably displayed during this Eastern Conference Final. Then lo and behold as I forecasted, the Rangers won in a decisive manner following a dismal Game 5 performance. That win made the Rangers 9-1 in games they were facing elimination during the last two playoff years.

Given the choice between these two goaltenders for a win or take all Game 7, I would opt for Henrik Lundqvist each and every time. Especially considering how solid Lundqvist has been in recent games, and Bishop being somewhat the polar opposite. It’s been a series of expecting the unexpected thus far, but Lundqvist’s playoff and big game experience compared to that of Bishop will ultimately be the deciding factor on Friday. I’m going with “The Blue Shirts” at home for one of my NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Play the Rangers -142 on the money line at 5Dimes.

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