Well we finally have come to the end of the line for the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference for the 7th game of the 7 Game Series with the Series tied at 3-3 as the Rangers of New York (3-3-0) are playing the Rangers of New York (3-3-0), with the game to be played at the home of the Rangers, at the Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with puck-off at 8:05 PM ET and seen on NBC SN TV.
For the final Game 7 the Vegas odds are favoring the Rangers of New York at -145 on the Money Line with the Under 5—110 and on the Puck Line at -1 ½ +205, while the comeback on the Lightning of Tampa Bay at +125 on the Money Line with the Over 5 -110 and +1 ½ -245 on the Puck Line.
With this being the do or die game for both teams, so let us take a look and the games results preceding this Final Game 7. In the 1st Game that was played in New York, the Rangers beat the Lightning 2-1, then in the 2nd Game also in New York the Lightning beat the Rangers 4-2. The 3rd Game was played on Florida and the Lightning beat the Rangers 6-5 in OT. The 4th Game was also played in Florida on Friday the 22nd of May, and the Rangers beat the Lightning 5-1 and tied the series at 2-2. Then the 5th Game moved back to New York on Sunday the 24th of May, as the Lightning beat the Rangers 2-0 to take a 3-2 Series Lead. Then the 6th Game was played back in Florida on Tuesday the 26th of May as the Rangers beat the Lightning on their home ice in Tampa 7-3 and the Series came to a 3-3 tie. Thus for the six games the Rangers had an aggregate 21 goals while for the six games the Lightning had 17 aggregate goals for the Series to date.
So now coming to the this 7th and Final Game at the Madison Garden where the fans will rock and roll on this Friday night for a real exciting final game where there can only be 1 winner. The big question is can the Ranger continue with the game 7 magic and make this their 2nd straight NHL Finals.
For those that Bet on NHL at SBG Global or other like online sites, and you’re a Lightning fan of Tampa Bay your team had too little too late in that crucial game 6 as R. Callahan scored your 1st goal and N, Kucherov scored 2 more, but all in vain as the Rangers compiled 7 goals in the game. One reason your team struggled was the lack of goal scoring by the team stars in that game 6.
If the Lightning are to win this Game 7 on the road at the Garden in New York, then their top stars need to play at their top and score goals. That means their trio of Palat, Kucherov and Johnson who to date in the conference finals have managed some 12 goals, and they need to perform at their best to win this 7th game and eliminate the Rangers. Thus you fans can expect your team and the stars to give it their all and fight till the end for the conference title. A favorable statistic is that the Lightning after a home loss has been 6 and 1.
Then for the Rangers of New York fans, your team again found a way to win and put off elimination. But that’s typical for the Rangers who since 2012 are 15-3 when their season has been on the line. Part of that win is attributed to their goalie Lundqvist who played a great game blocking and/or stopping 28 of the Lightning 29 shots on goal in Game 6.
Their goalie will have less pressure in this upcoming game 7 if the Rangers offense surge as they have managed scoring some 18 goals in the ultimate 4 games, while game 6 saw 7 goals. That thanks to D. Brassard who had a hat trick (score 3 goals) as well as 2 assists. So for the Rangers to continue that offensive surge in this game 7 and win the Series, they again need their 1st line of Nash, Miller and Brassard to be clicking on all plugs in this game. Another thing that can assist them in this final game is the talent and depth of their roster, plus the past experience as they are 7-0 when playing a game 7 on home ice.
The experts predict that in this crucial final game 7 the Rangers of New York will again offensively shine and beat the Lightning of Tampa Bay 5-3 and move on to the NHL Finals.