Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Rangers Prediction, NHL Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Feb 07, 2024

The Lightning look to continue their steady march up the standings with a fourth straight win when they kick off a four-game road trip on Wednesday by taking on the Rangers at MSG.

Tampa Bay
February 07, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
Puckline +1.5 -250
Moneyline -105
Over / Under o +6
Puckline -1.5 +200
Moneyline -115
Over / Under u +6

The Lightning have seized sole possession of third place in the divisional standings while winning eight of their past nine games, capped by a 6-3 victory over new Jersey just prior to last weekend’s NHL All-Star break. The Rangers are coming off a narrow 2-1 win over the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, and are now looking to win three in a row for the first time in 21 games.

The Rangers lead the way as slim -125 favourites on the Wednesday NHL odds. The Lightning lag as +105 underdogs, but are pegged as a short -225 wager to stay within a goal of New York. The total is listed at 6.5.

Lightning vs. Rangers NHL Betting Odds

The Lightning are hoping that a 10-day layoff hasn’t dampened their scoring groove after scoring six goals in each of their past three games, and averaging 4.56 goals per game during their torrid 8-1-0 run. The club has outshot opponents by an average margin of 17.5 shots over their past two games, and are now ranked fourth overall in the NHL with 3.48 goals scored per game. However, consistency has eluded the Lightning on the road, where they have failed to record consecutive victories while winning just six of their past 15 road dates. The Lightning have also fallen to defeat in six of their past seven road dates with the Rangers.

The Rangers needed a third-period rally and an overtime winner to claim two points in Monday’s date with the Avs. With the victory, the Rangers now enjoy a four-point cushion atop the Metropolitan Division standings. However, this club has continued to struggle on offence, potting two or fewer goals in eight of their past 11 overall outings including three of their past four home games. Slow starts have been a particular concern, with New York shooters picking up just two total first-period goals over the past five games and establishing a lead in the first 20 minutes in just one of their past seven games. 

Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning fans will be hoping that Nikita Kucherov shows more enthusiasm than he did during the NHL All-Star skills competition, particularly after a lengthy 10-day layoff. Kucherov entered the break on a torrid pace, racking up four goals and 10 points during his current four-game points streak and turning in 16 multi-point performances since the start of December. Brayden Point was also enjoying a run of three straight two-point performances, and has contributed at least one assist in five of his past seven games, adding value to his -110 odds on the NHL player props of chipping in at least one helper on Wednesday. 

New York Rangers

Veteran netminder Jonathan Quick is expected to make his third straight start in the Rangers’ crease on Wednesday night. Quick turned aside 32 of 33 shots in Monday’s win over the Avs, and has surrendered just five total goals while compiling an impressive .945 save percentage over his past three starts. The Rangers will also have rearguard Jacob Trouba back in the lineup after completing a two-game suspension. Trouba had been showing signs of overcoming a bit of a scoring drought with two assists over the three games prior to his suspension, but has scored just three goals so far this season. Artemi Panarin gave the Rangers a chance to win with the tying goal in Monday’s clash with Colorado. Overall, Panarin has now scored in four of his past five game appearances, and recorded 17 points in 15 games since New Year’s Day.

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