Tampa Bay at New York Rangers Bet on Hockey

Bet on hockey has the New York Rangers hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday as teams get ready for the Olympic break.

The Rangers have won seven of the last ten in hockey betting against the Lightning.  Here is a look at this matchup on Sunday between the Lightning and Rangers.

Bet on hockey has this as a tough spot for the Lightning since they had to play yesterday at the Islanders.  The Lightning and Rangers have met twice so far this season with each team winning at home in big blowouts.  The Rangers won 8-2 last month at home against Tampa in hockey betting while the Lightning won 5-1 at home back in November. New York has won four of the last five at home in bet on hockey against the Lightning.

Tampa Bay has not been a good road team this season and it could be that road record that ultimately costs them a playoff spot.  Tampa is currently in the last playoff position but if they don’t find some road hockey betting success they could be the team that misses out.  Tampa is in the playoff chase for one reason and that is the play of goaltender Antero Niittymaki. He has been excellent and has been carrying Tampa Bay. "He's been amazing," defenseman Andrej Meszaros said. Goaltender Mike Smith is now seeing the bench but if Tampa is winning he doesn’t care. "He's kept us in games and given us a chance to win every night, and we're getting rewarded for it," Smith said. "That's all you can ask from a goalie is to give a team a chance to win, and he's doing that and more." Entering Wednesday’s bet on hockey action, Niittymaki was 16-9-5 on the season with a 2.36 goals-against average. "He's a quiet goalie," head coach Rick Tocchet said. "His movements in net are very quiet, excellent angles."

Sunday’s bet on hockey game is huge for the Rangers since they are on the outside of the playoff chase looking in. Tampa is a team they need to beat, especially with this bet on hockey matchup being at home.  The Rangers have not been a good home team in bet on hockey results this season and that is a major part of their problem.  A below .500 record in hockey betting is simply not going to get it done.