New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning – 5/29/15 NHL Playoff Fantasy Sports, Hockey Picks, Odds & Predictions
There will be a deciding Game 7 from the Eastern conference finals pitting the New York Rangers against the Tampa Bay Lightning. NHL mock draft managers can follow their success of their rosters from Madison Square Garden on Friday May 29th over NBC Sports Network at 8PM Eastern Time.
The New York Rangers have faced elimination several times in these 2015 playoffs. And once again the team showed grit as it rained goals in Tampa bay as the Rangers earned a 7-3 victory in Game 6 on Tuesday to keep their hopes alive for another Stanley Cup.
In the early round of the playoffs New York struggled finding the net. Henrik Lundqvist was carrying the team with goal support of two or even fewer in many games leading up to the Eastern conference finals. Then all of a sudden the Rangers offense got going as the team has put up 21 goals in the first six games of this series.
Tampa Bay is the highest scoring team this regular season in the regular season. Ben Bishop was extremely sharp with a very good save percentage. But in Game 6 Bishop was pulled as the Rangers pushed five goals into his net. Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been money in Game 7’s and when facing elimination in his time with the New York Rangers. The question is can Tampa Bay’s speed and quickness result in early goals forcing the Rangers to get out of a defensive shell and create opportunities for the Lightning to pull away.
Tampa Bay Lightning Center: Tyler Johnson still leads the Lightning with 20 points in the playoffs as he has 12 goals and 8 assists. He had a hat trick in Game 2. He is coming off two assists in Game 6 on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay Lightning Right Wing: Nikita Kucherov has nine goals and ten assists for 19 points in the postseason. Kucherov has been huge in his series with three goals and five assists over his past five games in this series. Kucherov had two games in Game 5.
Tampa Bay Lightning Left Wing: Ondrej Palat two goals and three assists over his past five games in this series. Palat for the post season has 15 points with six goals and eight assists.
Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen: Victor Hedman has a goal and nine assists in the post season for Tampa Bay. He has been held scoreless in his past three games. The hulking TB Dman will be looking to factor favorably on the score-sheet for the final game of the best of 7 series.
Tampa Bay Lightning Goalie: Ben Bishop in 19 games for the Lightning is 11-8 with a goal against average of 2.26 and 91.7% save percentage. He has been marred in a slump by surrendering five goals in three of his four games. Bishop was pulled in the third period of Game 6 after giving up his fifth goal.
New York Rangers Center: Derick Brassard got hot in Game 6 as he produced three goals and two assists for a five point night. He now leads the Rangers in scoring in the post season with 16 points with nine goals and seven assists.
New York Rangers Left Wing: Rick Nash has just five goals in 18 playoff games. He has dished nine assists for a total of 14 points. Nash has three goals and four assists in his past three games of this series.
New York Rangers Right Wing: Chris Kreider has netted seven playoff goals for the Rangers. He has nine points total with two assists. Kreider has been held scoreless over his past two games.
New York Rangers Defensemen: Keith Yandle has two goals and five assists for a total of seven points over his past four games of this series. Dan Boyle has six points over his past five games of this series with five assists and a goal.
New York Rangers Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist is 11-7 in the playoffs with a goal against average of 2.11 and 92.8% save percentage. He has been money in Game 7’s during his career but has allowed 18 goals over his past five games with an 89% save percentage.
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C: Tyler Johnson (Lightning)
RW: Nikita Kucherov (Rangers)
LW: Rick Nash (Rangers)
D: Keith Yandle(Rangers), Dan Boyle (Rangers)
G: Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers)