New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning – 5/16/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
We have reached the Eastern Conference Finals from the NHL Playoffs for Fantasy Draft Managers to pick a roster from as the Tampa Bay Lightning will face the New York Rangers. Game 1 of this best of seven series is Saturday May 16th as real money players can follow the action on NBC at 1PM Eastern Time from Madison Square Garden in New York.
Just for reverence here the Tampa Bay Lighting have had good success facing the New York Rangers this season. The have won all three meetings including two wins coming on Rangers home ice by a composite score of 11-4. Tampa Bay owned Montreal this regular season and the Lightning’s dominance played out as they took an early 3-0 lead in the series before winning in six games. In five of the six games in their series with the Canadians Tampa Bay allowed two goals or less.
The Rangers were taken to seven games in their series with the Washington Capitals as they win it 2-1 in overtime. New York will have two full days of rest before this series begins. As usual defense has carried the Rangers and a good thing they did because the offense has produced just enough scoring to pull out close one goal wins in many games during the post season.
Tampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson has led the team with 12 points during the post season. He has eight goals and four assists but has been in the penalty box a total of 20 minutes which is the highest on his club. NHL draft managers don’t want this scoring machine spending too many minutes disqualified from play. The second year pro had cooled off in the final two games of the Canadians series by going scoreless.
Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov is second on the club with 11 points in the post season with 6 goals and 5 assists. This one year pro is seeing much more ice time than during the regular season and is coming off a two goal and one assist game in the closeout win against Montreal on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat has been the author of some big goals in the playoffs. He has eight points with three goals and five assists. In the three games against the Rangers this year Palat has a goal with three assists. He has two goals and two assists over his past three games.
Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: With the center positing accumulating lots of goals it has created value on the Tampa Bay defense. Victor Hedman has a goal and five assists in the playoffs and Anton Stralman has chipped in with a goal and four assists.
Tampa Bay Lighting Goalie: Ben Bishop has been hot in the playoffs. He enters the Eastern conference finals with a mark of 8-5 with a goal against average of 1.81 and a 93% save percentage.
New York Rangers Center: Derrick Brassard has five goals and three assists for a total of eight points. He is tied for the team in scoring with Derek Stepan who has three goals and five assists for eight points.
New York Rangers Left Wing: Rick Nash has just two goals in the playoffs but he has dished out five assists for a total of seven points. Chris Kreider has finished well with five goals but no assists thus far.
New York Rangers Right Wing: Martin St Louis has been a major disappointment in the playoffs as he had no goals and four assists in his 12 post season games.
New York Rangers Left Wing: Defensemen: Ryan McDonagh gets the most ice time during the playoffs of any Rangers and leads his unit with 6 points with two goals and four assists. Dan Boyle has two goals and four assists thus far in the post season.
New York Rangers Goalie: Henrik Lunqvist has once against performed outstanding in the playoffs. He enters the Eastern conference finals with a record of 8-4 with a goal against average of 1.60 and 94.4% save percentage.
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C: Tyler Johnson (Lightning)
RW: Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)
LW: Chris Kreider (Rangers)
D: Victor Hedman (Lightning) Ryan McDonagh (Rangers)
G: Ben Bishop (Lightning)