New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning – 5/18/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
The Eastern conference final for mock draft managers to select rosters from continues on Monday May 18th as the New York Rangers face the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fantasy players can follow the action from Madison Square Garden at 8PM Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network.
New York Rangers have home ice advantage in this series. New York held serve in Game 1 with yet another low scoring game in a 2-1 victory. The Rangers have scored 2 goals or fewer in two straight and eight of their past ten playoff games. It’s amazing how underappreciated goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been to the Rangers. He gets absolutely no offensive support and has very little margin for error in many of these playoff games. The win came on the heels of a grueling 2-1 overtime home victory to the Washington Capitals in a Game 7. Then Lundqvist allows just 1 one goal in the opener against the highest scoring team in the NHL who had more rest.
Tampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson has led the Lightning with 8 goals and five assists for a total of 13 points in the post season. He broke a two game scoreless streak by assisting in the lone goal for the Lightning in Game 1.
Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov is second leading scorer in the playoffs for Tampa Bay with six goals and four assists for a total of 11 points. He has three points in his past two games. He has three goals and three assists in his seven road playoff games this year.
Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat has 9 points in his 14 playoff games as he has four goals and five assists. Palat was the architect of the only goal in Game 1 for Tampa Bay. He has five points in his past three playoff games.
Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman had a goal and six assists for seven points in the playoffs. He is getting the most ice time of any Lightning player in the post season. He broke a three game scoreless streak with an assist in Game 1. Anton Stalman has a goal and four assists for five goals in the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender: With the loss on Saturday goaltender Ben Bishop is 8-6 with a goal against average of 1.82 and 93% save percentage. He has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his past five games. He made some huge save to keep the Lightning in Game 1.
New York Rangers Center: Fantasy draft managers simply hate the Rangers. They are filled with talented players on offense who have underperformed and are getting bailed out by their goaltender. Derick Brassard has five goals and four assists for nine points in the playoffs. He dished an assist in Game 1.
New York Rangers Left Wing: Rich Nash has two goals and five assists in the playoffs in 13 games. He has just two points in his past five playoff games. He had only three shots on net in Game 1.
New York Rangers Right Wing: Jesper Fast leads this crew with a goal and three assists. He has just two points total over his past five games. Martin St Louis has no goals in the playoffs. He too has just two points over his past five post season games.
New York Rangers Defensemen: Ryan McDonagh is tied for second on the team with most points in the playoffs with two goals and five assists for seven points. He dished out an assist in Game 1. Dan Boyle has contributed with two goals and two assists for four points. He has just one point over his past five games.
New York Rangers Goaltender: Henrick Lundqvist has been marvelous in the playoffs. In 13 games he is 9-4 with a goal against average of 1.56 and 94.5% save percentage. Lundqvist has allowed just eight goals over his past five games. After going down 3-1 to Washington Lundqvist has won four straight.
NHL Best Hockey Mock Draft Fantasy Picks
C: Tyler Johnson (Lightning)
RW: Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)
LW: Chris Kreider (Rangers)
D: Victor Hedman (Lightning) Ryan McDonagh (Rangers)
G: Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers)