Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers Game 7 Free Pick

Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers Game 7 Free Pick

The New York Rangers are a stunning 7-0 all-time in Game Seven’s on home ice at Madison Square Garden and tonight they host the Tampa Bay Lighting in hopes of taking the Eastern Conference Finals with a victory. The Rangers are oozing confidence and experience and playing in-front the ruckus New York crowd alone is enough to make most opponents wet their jocks.

Tampa Bay’s response: Bring it.

“The past and the records and everything are great, but they’re kind of irrelevant in a way,” Lightning center Tyler Johnson said. “It’s a game. It’s 60 minutes of whatever team wants to win it more. The start of the game, it starts at 0-0. So it really doesn’t matter what you did in the past. It doesn’t matter what we did in the past. It’s game on when that puck drops.”

A Closer Look At My Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers Game 7 Free Pick

Matchup: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers
Date: May. 29 2015
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Location: New York, New York
Stadium: Madison Square Garden
TV Info: NBC
Moneyline: Tampa Bay +131 vs New York -145
Game Total: 5
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Radio: Tampa Bay vs New York

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The Lightning is seeking their first Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 2004. So far this year they have eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games, the Montreal Canadiens in six and now they are one victory away from another trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Tampa Bay is averaging 2.7 goals per game in the postseason, a lower number than the 3.2 they averaged in the regular season when they led all teams in the NHL. Center Tyler Johnson leads the team with 12 postseason goals and eight assists, followed by Right winger Nikita Kucherov with nine goals, and 10 assists and center Steven Stamkos has the most shots on goal with 52, along seven goals and 10 assists. On defense, Tampa Bay is allowing 2.8 goals per game in the playoffs, including three losses where they allowed at least five goals in each. Goalie Ben Bishop has allowed 42 goals on 503 shots against and backup Andrei Vasilevskiy four goals on 33 shots.

"The one thing is it’s the seventh game and I don’t think there’s any secrets between the two teams anymore," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Wednesday. "It’s just going to be one of those games where it’s strap `em up and play and let’s see who comes out on top."

This year after the Rangers won the President’s Trophy as the regular season’s top team and have continued their winning ways in hopes of their first Stanley Cup since 1994 (they lost the Cup to the Los Angeles Kings in five games last year).

En route to this Eastern Conference finals game 7, they took care of the Pittsburgh Penguins in five games and the Washington Capitals in seven. New York has scored 2.5 goals per game in the playoffs, short to the 3.0 they averaged in the regular season, and they are led by Center Derick Brassard, who has nine goals and seven assists, and left winger Rick Nash with five goals and nine assists. The team is allowing 2.1 goals per game and goalie Henrik Lundqvist has given up 39 goals on 545 shots against.

"It’s a lot of fun," Rangers Rick Nash said. "You obviously want to win the series in four, but when it comes down to a Game 7, I feel like these are things that you dream about, and you pretend you’re playing hockey on the ice by yourself or road hockey when you were a kid. It’s just one of those experiences that’s tough to put into words."

Tampa Bay is 6-2 SU in its last eight games on the road. The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Tampa Bay’s last 16 games on the road, but OVER in 4 of Tampa Bay’s last five games when playing NY Rangers.

The NY Rangers are 17-8 SU in their last 25 games, 4-2 SU in their last 6 games at home, 3-7 SU in their last 10 games when playing Tampa Bay, 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay, but 15-3 in elimination games since 2012 and 7-0 all-time when playing at home in Game 7s.

NHL Eastern Conference Finals Free Pick: NY Rangers 4 – Tampa Bay 2

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