The New York Rangers opened the Eastern Conference Finals with two wins to widen the gap between them and the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, it was last Sunday night when the Lightning proved that they can still match up against the Rangers by pulling a 3-2 on the road.
With the series 2-1 in favor of the Rangers, the New York team is now ready to head to Tampa Bay once again to face the Lightning tonight for Game 4 of the conference finals.
For the Lightning, getting back into the series was vital. Tampa Bay has another chance to prove they are worthy of matching up against the Rangers.
Tying the series tonight would allow them to extend and extend the series for two more games. The target is clear, and Tampa Bay is ready to make the most of its home advantage.
The Rangers have truly proven to be a lineup that stands for resilience and constant pushback. Making it to this stage after taking some hits against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Rangers have gone through some of the most challenging conditions to make it this far.
That is why being in the lead is just another sign that the Rangers have it in them to continue pursuing the Stanley Cup. It all comes to focusing their efforts to pull a solid road performance that allows them to extend their lead over the Lightning tonight.
Artemi Panarin remains the franchise player for the Rangers through the conference finals stage. The left-wing is now standing with 74 assists and 22 goals for 96 total points.
The Lightning also proved that they can still put up a solid fight against the Rangers last Sunday night. Tampa Bay made a comeback with a 3-2 win and is now looking to make the most of their home ice again tonight.
For the Lightning, it’s Steven Stamkos who has become the main player on the ice. Stamkos has added 42 goals and 64 assists for 106 points. Victor Hedman has also added 65 assists to the Lightning’s offensive production.
Tampa Bay is now looking to get back at the Rangers before the series heads back to New York. With an even record, the Lightning could potentially gain the key to surpassing the Rangers at home and strike back in New York.
The Rangers could potentially extend their lead, but not if the Lightning accomplishes a comeback to tie the series.
The total has gone under in seven of their last ten games for the Rangers. As for the Lightning, the total has also gone under in seven of their previous eight games.
The Rangers might be the better team, primarily in front of their home crowd at Madison Square Garden. However, this is the perfect chance for the Lightning to get back at the Rangers to tie the series and fight for a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Lightning to win and the under hits.