New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 4 Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 06, 2022

The Tampa Bay Lighting have a chance to even the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece when they host the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

NY Rangers
52-24-3-3
AT
June 07, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay
51-23-3-5
Puckline +1.5 -186
Moneyline +148
Over / Under o +5.5

38%

Betting Action

62%

Puckline -1.5 +155
Moneyline -178
Over / Under u +5.5

38%

Betting Action

62%

The Tampa Bay Lightning look to even the Eastern Conference Finals in Game 4 against the visiting New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The Lightning are -175 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Rangers vs. Lightning NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

When you have a champion on the ropes, be it a team or individual sport, you can’t give them second life. The New York Rangers did that, though, in blowing a 2-0 lead in Game 3 in Tampa and losing 3-2. If the Rangers win that game, they are up 3-0 in the series and it’s over. Now, this writer believes the Lightning will win the series. Look at what happened in Round 1 when the Maple Leafs let the two-time Cup champions off the ropes in Game 6.

With the Rangers up 2-1, they are -147 on the series line (were -263) with the Lightning at +111 (were +190). Even though New York is favoured to win it, the favoured exact result is Tampa Bay in seven at +287 and that would be my lean currently. That the series ends in seven games is +111 with six at +136 and five at +404. Game 5 is back in New York on Thursday.

The underdog is 5-1 in the past six meetings. The total has gone under in four of the past five.

New York Rangers

New York got goals from Mika Zibanejad (10th of the playoffs) and Chris Kreider (10th), both on the power play, to lead 2-0 on Sunday but couldn’t hold it. The 10 goals scored by those two are two shy of the franchise record for a single postseason set by Mark Messier in 1994. It was Kreider’s 34th career playoff goal, tying Rod Gilbert for the most in the postseason by a Rangers player. Blueliner Adam Fox extended his points streak to eight games with an assist. He is the fifth defenceman in the past 30 years to record an eight-game point streak in the playoffs. Fox’s 23 points are the most by any defenceman in league history through his first 20 career playoff games.

Igor Shesterkin turned aside 48 of 51 shots in the loss. Forward Ryan Strome left with a lower-body injury and didn’t return. Not clear if he will play Tuesday. He had 54 regular-season points in 74 games and nine in the playoffs. The Rangers are 3-7 in their past 10 as underdogs.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Nikita Kucherov got the comeback started Sunday with his sixth goal of the playoffs at 10:50 of the second period. Markham native Steven Stamkos tied it at 1:22 of the third with his sixth. Ondrej Palat won it at 19:18 with his sixth – it was the second time in these playoffs Lightning got a go-ahead goal in the final minute of regulation en route to victory (Game 2 in Round 2 vs. Florida). Kucherov also had two assists and became the sixth player in NHL history with at least 20 career three-point outings in the postseason. It was Palat’s 10th career game-winning playoff goal, the most in Lightning history and fifth-most among all active NHL players.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves on 30 shots; he only had to face six shots in the third. Forward Brayden Point, who hasn’t played since Round 1 vs. Toronto due to injury, practiced Monday but will not return Tuesday. The Lightning are 5-1 in their past six after a win.

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