As the 2015 NFL Stanley Cup Playoffs continue we move into the Easter Conference Finals Game 3 with the Rangers of New York (1-1-0) playing the Lightning of Tampa Bay (1-1-0) with the series tied at 1-1 and this 3rd Game to be played at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with puck-off at 8:05 PM ET and seen on NBC SN TV.
The Vegas odds makers are favoring the Lightning of Tampa Bay in this 3rd Game at -135 on the Money Line with the Total at 5 Under -135 and on the Puck Line -1 ½ +225, while the Rangers of New York are +115 on the Money Line and +1 ½ -265 on the Money Line. Prior to this 3rd Game the 1st Game was played in New York as the Rangers beat the Lightning 2-0, while the 2nd Game was also in New York and the Lightning beat the Rangers 6-2 to tie the 7 Game Series at 1-1.
After this 3rd Game, the 4th Game will be played on Friday the 22nd of May 2015 at 8PM ET with Rangers visiting the Lightning in Florida. The 5th Game is back in New York on Sunday the 24th of May, with the Lightning vs. the Rangers at 8 PM ET. Then the 6th Game (if needed) will be played back in Florida on Tuesday the 26th of May with the Rangers vs. the Lightning at 8 PM ET. The 7th and Final Game if needed will be back in New York at Madison Square Garden, on Friday the 29th of May 2015 with the Lightning at the Rangers at 8 PM ET.
Coming in to these Finals games the Rangers has a run at winning their games by 1 goal, but that ended in their Game 2 with the Lightning whom burst open for a 6-2 win over the Rangers. Now the series moves on to Tampa, where the Lightning just completed their best home record for a regular season this 2014-15 at 32-8-1. On the other hand the Rangers are the team with the best road game record at 28-11-2 and that should make this continued Series very interesting. The question now is can the Rangers comeback from a horrific game 2 and take a lead in the Series at Tampa?
For the fans of the Rangers of New York who Bet on NHL at a Sportsbook your team opened this series with an great game beating the Lightning 1-0 then in the 2nd game the fluttered and were routed by Tampa Bay 6-2 as T. Johnson had a hat trick and the Lightning tied the Series 1-1. The Rangers goalie Lundqvist has had problems playing the Lightning this season, and in this 2nd game he allowed six goals scored on 26 shots by the Lightning. However, he still maintains a .932 % on saves that is best among the 4 goalies in these conference finals and expects Lundqvist to play much better form here forward.
Remember, your team has a deep roster, and their 4th line makes important contribution. The Rangers are not at their best when a game gets real physical as it did in that Game 2 defeat. They actually play superior on open ice games, where they can use their speed to create some breakaways and score goals. In this 3rd Game you will see them play a much more disciplined game and limit the Lightning scoring possibilities on power plays. Presently the Rangers of New York are 3-1 in the 2015 post season play.
For the Lightning of Tampa Bay fans, the Lightning beast T. Johnson came away from Game 2 with his first hat trick and the 1st for his team in post season play. He had a strength goal, as power play goal and a shorthanded goal to take Tampa Bay to the 6-2 win over the Rangers. Imagine Johnson has 11 goals to date in this 2015 Playoff season, and his 4th multi goal game in this Stanley Cup playoffs. Johnson was joined in the scoring in that 6-2 routs of the Rangers by A. Killorn who scored 2 goals and S. Stamkos scored 1 for the total of 6 goals in Game 2. The Lightning’s goalie B. Bishop had a great game 2 as he accounted for 35 saves, while allowing the Rangers to only score twice and both were on power plays. His record against the Rangers is winning 9 of their 10 games and has a .926 % save ranking at home. Tampa Bay in 2014 -15 seasons when playing the Rangers are 4-1 including these two playoff games.
The media experts think the Rangers will step up their defensive efforts and get away with a 2-1 win over the Lightning taking a 2-1 lead in the Series.