New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning – 5/24/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
The NHL Eastern conference finals will feature a critical Game 5 from the playoff series on Sunday May 24th between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers. NHL fantasy draft managers can follow their rosters live on TV over NBC Sports Network from Madison Square Garden in New York at 8PM Eastern Time.
This series is tied at 2-2 heading into Sunday. After a 2-1 victory by New York in Game 1 the goals for the rest of the three games in this series have come in bunches. A total of 8 goals were scored in Game 2. They in Game 3 with an overtime the teams combined for 11 goals. Game 4 saw six goals scored.
The New York Rangers were struggling in the playoffs getting goal and heavily relied on the brilliant play of Henrik Lundqvist in net. The Rangers have finally broken out of their scoring slump as the team has scored 10 goals in their past two playoff games in this series. Tampa Bay is the highest scoring team in the NHL and Tampa Bay over their past two games have averaged 39 ½ shots on goal per game. The two games in Tampa thus far saw the Lightning struggle on the power play going 1 of 6 while the Rangers have converted 4 of 8 chances. The two games on New York ice saw the Rangers win 2-1 in Game 1 with the Lightning bouncing back from defeat to post a 6-2 road victory.
Tampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson leads the Lightning in scoring with 18 points in the playoffs. He has scored 12 goals and dished out 6 assists. He was held scoreless in Game 4 but had a hat trick in Game 2 in New York.
Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov has seven goals and nine assists in the post season for Tampa Bay for a total of 16 points and is second on the club. Kucherov has been clutch with important goals. He has three goals and five assists in his past five games.
Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat has 13 points with six goals and seven assists. He had a huge Game 3 with two goals and an assist in the team’s 6-5 home overtime victory.
Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman has had his hands in ten goals with a goal and nine assists in the playoffs. He is averaging over 23 minutes per game in the playoffs which is high for the team. Anton Stralman has five points in the post season with a goal and four assists. Stralman is scoreless in all four games in this series.
Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender: Ben Bishop is 10-7 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.21 and 91.8% save percentage. Bishop has been rocked the past two games by giving up 5 goals in Game 3 and Game 4.
New York Rangers Left Wing: Rick Nash has four goals and six assists for ten points in the post season. After going scoreless in the first three games of this series Nash woke p with two goals and one assist in the 5-1 road win in Game 4.
New York Rangers Right Wing: Martin St Louis finally broke through with his first goal of the playoffs as he converted on a power play in Game 4. For the playoff the 39 year old veteran has a goal and six assists.
New York Rangers Defensemen: Dan Boyle has points in three straight games in this series. He had two points in Game 2 and 3. Boyle has scored three goals and six assists in the postseason. Keith Yandle as a goal and eight assist in the post season. Yandle has a monster Game 4 with a goal and two assists. He dished two assists in Game 3.
New York Rangers Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist is 10-6 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.05 and a 93% save percentage. After allowing six goals in Game 2 and 3 Lundqvist bounce back with a win in Game 4 by allowing just one goal.
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C: Tyler Johnson (Lightning)
RW: Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)
LW: Rick Nash (Rangers)
D: Dan Boyle (Rangers), Victor Hedman (Lightning)
G: Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers)