How this series has flipped in a matter of three games. The New York Rangers looked completely in control of the series through the first eight periods but since then it has been the Tampa Bay show. The Lightning are riding a three-game winning streak and will be looking to close out the series tonight at home. Many believed that the two-time defending champions were done and met their match with the Rangers, but they have had a furious comeback and taken control of the series. Game six shifts back to Tampa Bay and it’ll be a tough challenge for the Rangers. Can the Rangers extend this series and keep their magical run alive? Or will Tampa Bay flex their muscles and send New York packing?
How New York can win: Igor Shesterkin needs to have another game of his life if the Rangers want to extend this series and send it back to New York. He has been special throughout the playoffs for this team, and they’ll need him to produce once again. The Rangers have been in this situation once before when they trailed the series against the Penguins in the first round and they prevailed in game six on the road. They’ll need to dig deep and play the best game of the season because the Lightning will make them pay if not. New York has struggled away from home during the playoffs for the most part but can redeem themselves with a win here tonight.
How Tampa Bay can win: Tampa Bay has found their rhythm and that is scary for the Rangers. Maybe the first few games were due to rust but whatever it was, it seems to be over with now. They look the part of the defending champions and seem to want no business of going home. They can close the series out tonight in front of their fans and will look to do just that. Their offense has picked up lately and has made life tough for the New York netminder. If they can do that again, they should be in good shape. With a chance to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line, expect a desperate mindset from Tampa Bay in this contest.
The Spread Via FanDuel:
Moneyline: NYR: (+168) | TB: (-210)
Spread: NYR: +1.5 (-164) | TB: -1.5 (+136)
Final Prediction: Rangers 3 Lightning 1
-I like New York to get a huge victory here and extend the series. They have been resilient all postseason and it comes up big once again. Give me the road team to come out with a win.