New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Game 6 Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 10, 2022

Can the New York Rangers keep their season alive when they head to Tampa Bay on Saturday to face the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final?

NY Rangers
52-24-3-3
AT
June 11, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay
51-23-3-5
Puckline +1.5 -163
Moneyline +175
Over / Under o +5.5

38%

Betting Action

62%

Puckline -1.5 +136
Moneyline -211
Over / Under u +5.5

38%

Betting Action

62%

The Tampa Bay Lightning can reach their third straight Stanley Cup Final with a home victory over the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night. The Lightning are -180 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Rangers vs. Lightning NHL Playoffs Betting Odds

The Western Conference champion Colorado Avalanche await the winner of this series and will be favoured over either. As of this writing, it’s not clear when the Stanley Cup Final will start because it obviously depends on whether the Rangers-Lightning series goes seven games. Game 7 would be Tuesday in New York. My guess is that the Cup Final would start Wednesday in Denver if Tampa Bay wins Saturday as it’s a tough ask for the Bolts to turn around and play Tuesday in a new series so quickly with the travel, etc. There is no NBA Finals game next Wednesday as a possible conflict.

To win the Cup, Colorado is -162, Tampa Bay +176 and New York +800.

With the Lightning up 3-2, they are -588 series favourites with the Rangers +370. That it ends Saturday is a -185 favourite, with Tampa Bay in seven at +297 and Rangers in seven at +421.

New York Rangers

The Rangers were on an eight-game home playoff winning streak (NHL single postseason record is 11 by the 1988 Oilers) before losing 3-1 on Thursday. On the bright side, New York scored an even-strength goal for the first time since Game 2, but that was obviously it. Defenceman Ryan Lindgren had the goal, his second of these playoffs, at 10:29 of the second for a 1-0 lead. Fellow blueliner Adam Fox had a nine-game home points streak end. He was looking to become the third defenceman in NHL history with a 10-game home point streak during a playoff year.

Igor Shesterkin stopped 24 of 26 shots. He has been spectacular at home all season but not quite the same on the road. Forwards Ryan Strome and Filip Chytil were in question due to injuries but both played. Neither had a point. Rangers playoff leading scorer Mika Zibanejad was held to just a shot on goal. That can’t happen. The Rangers are 2-7 on the road in these playoffs.

Tampa Bay Lightning

It’s now time to add Ondrej Palat to a very short list as the most clutch players in postseason history. He had the game-winner with less than a minute left in Game 3 to essentially save Tampa Bay’s season and had the winner Thursday as well at 18:10 of the third, his eighth goal of the playoffs. Palat became the first player in NHL history to score multiple game-winning goals during the final two minutes of regulation in a playoff year. He has 11 career game-winning playoff goals, third among active players. Tampa’s other goals were from rather unusual sources: Mikhail Sergachev’s first of the playoffs tied the game 1-1 at 17:34 of the second and Brandon Hagel’s second at 19:01 on an empty net clinched it.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves to reach 60 career playoff wins. He did that in 97 games, fifth-fastest in history. It’s possible that top-six forward Brayden Point returns Saturday as he has been skating. Point has been out since Game 7 of Round 1 vs. Toronto. The Lightning are 7-1 in their past eight following a win.

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