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

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Oct 10, 2022

Following their loss to Tampa Bay in last year's Eastern Conference Final, the New York Rangers will be out for revenge on Tuesday night when they open their season at home against the Lightning.

Tampa Bay
32-15-0-1
AT
October 11, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
27-14-6-2
Puckline +1.5 -243
Moneyline +112
Over / Under o +5.5

42%

Betting Action

58%

Puckline -1.5 +202
Moneyline -135
Over / Under u +5.5

42%

Betting Action

58%

It’s a repeat of last year’s Eastern Conference Final as the Lighting and Rangers prepare to open their seasons against each other at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday night.  Both teams will be Stanley Cup contenders, with the Rangers looking to hoist Lord Stanley for the first time since 1994, while the Bolts are aiming for a fourth straight Cup Final appearance.

New York is a slim -121 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Lightning vs. Rangers NHL Betting Odds

Despite falling in six games in the last year’s conference final, New York actually swept the three-game regular-season series.  With the two best goalies in the world backstopping each team, Igor Shesterkin for the Rangers and Andrei Vasilevskiy for the Lightning, the total has gone Under in the last five head-to-heads.

Tampa Bay’s pre-season was underwhelming as they dropped four of five games, although they won the finale 5-2 against the Panthers.  They’ve generally started seasons strong over the last decade, winning eight of their last 10 season openers.  The Lightning are +986 to win the Stanley Cup and +271 to win the Atlantic Division.  They’re heavily favoured to make the playoffs at -769.

The Rangers also had an underwhelming pre-season, dropping four of six games.  They’ve managed to win just four of their last 10 season openers.  New York begins the season at +1666 to win the Stanley Cup and +349 to win the Metropolitan Division.  They’re -294 to make the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lighting are as close to a dynasty as any salary cap era team could hope for as they fell just two wins short of a third straight Stanley Cup championship last year.  The core of Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Victor Hedman remains in tact, but there were some big losses in the off-season.  Because of salary cap issues, winger Ondrej Palat and defenceman Jan Ruuta both left in free agency, while defenceman Ryan McDonagh was traded to Nashville.

Notable additions to the team include centre Vladislav Namestnikov and defencemen Ian Cole, Haydn Fleury and Philippe Meyers.  It’s worth noting, however, that Cole will not play as he has been suspended indefinitely by the Lightning for legal reasons.  Defenceman Mikhail Sergachev is listed as questionable for Tuesday, although he will likely play, after exiting Thursday’s pre-season game with an undisclosed injury.  Sergachev is expected to be a major piece of Tampa’s blue line after the departure of McDonagh.

New York Rangers

New York took a major step forward last season and will look to build off that success in 2022-23.  Key roster pieces largely remain, with the biggest losses being forwards Tyler Motte, Andrew Coppe, Frank Vatrano and Ryan Strome as well as backup goalie Alexandar Georgiev.  The team continues to be led by a core of Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba and last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, Shesterkin.

The biggest off-season additions to the Rangers are forwards Jimmy Vesey, Vincent Trochek and Ryan Carpenter as well as veteran backup goalie Jaroslav Halak.  Trouba had been dealing with an upper body injury that kept him out of practice last week, but he is expected to be ready for Tuesday.  Sammy Blais is listed as doubtful for the season opener after suffering an upper body injury in Saturday’s pre-season finale.

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