The New York Rangers have staved off playoff elimination for a gargantuan four times in the 2015 run for the Stanley Cup. Can they do that again at MSG on Thursday night when they host the Tampa Bay Lightening in Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals.
Tampa Bay Lightning Vs New York Rangers Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 Odds, Free Pick & How To Watch
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: Watch ESPN
Radio: Tampa Bay vs New York
The Tampa Bay Lightning will beat the New York Rangers In Game 7 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals
If Ben Bishop can bounce back after being pulled in Game 6.
Tampa Bay’s defense has been brilliant in some games during the Eastern Conference Finals. Lightning goalie Ben Bishop allowed 0 goals in Tampa Bay’s 2 to 0 win over the Rangers on May 24. In that game, which was played in New York, the entire Lightning defense put on a clinic.
But in Game 6, Tampa Bay’s D was nowhere to be found. It pretty much lied down and let the Rangers rack up an incredible 7 goals. The scoring started early when Derek Brassard got the puck past Bishop after only 3:36 in the first period. The Rangers scored an incredible 5 goals in the third period. If Tampa Bay’s defense doesn’t step it up in Game 7, New York could repeat what it did in Game 6. The third period could once again be the key for Tampa Bay. For some reason, Tampa has a tendency to fall apart in the third. They can’t afford to do that in Game 7.
— NHL (@NHL) May 27, 2015
The New York Rangers will beat the Tampa Bay Lighting In Game 7 to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals
If Henrik Lundqvist continues to dominate in goal.
Since 2012, Lundqvist is 15-3 in elimination games, and he’s 9-1 over the past two seasons. Although he has never won a Stanley Cup, Lundqvist has earned a reputation as a poised, clutch playoff goalie.
“He made some huge saves for us to allow us to keep our lead going into the third period,” Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. “It was very big performance by him during the second period to allow us to win the hockey game.”
— NHL (@NHL) May 27, 2015
The Rangers best games during the Eastern Conference Playoffs have been on the road. They dominated Tampa Bay 5 to 1 on the road in Game 4. Then, in Game 6, they throttled the Lightning 7 to 3 on the road. The Rangers almost upset Tampa Bay in Game 3, another road contest, when losing 5 to 6 in overtime.
But the Rangers won’t be on the road in Game 7. They’ll be playing at home where they haven’t exactly been stellar. NYR has dropped their last 2 home games to Tampa Bay during this series. For some reason, goalie Henrik Lundqvist just doesn’t play as well on his ice as he does on Tampa Bay’s ice. If New York can’t take care of business on their own ice, they won’t win the East.
The deciding factor is head coach Alain Vigneault who made several deep Stanley Cup runs behind the Vancouver Canucks bench including a 7-game series Stanley Cup loss to the Boston Bruins in 2011.