Rangers vs. Hurricanes: Top NHL Playoffs Parlay Odds & Picks for Tuesday June 7 (2022)

Game 4 is a massive swing game for whoever wins. The Rangers, with a win, will have a chance to eliminate the champs in Madison Square Garden. If the Lightning comes away with a win, it becomes a best of three. The last two games have been settled by one goal, so nobody has a distinct advantage, and anything can happen on Wednesday night.

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New York Rangers (+145) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (-165)

(Puck Drop 8:07 p.m. ET)

The Rangers did something no team has done in the previous three years against Tampa Bay Lightning — beat them in back-to-back games. It was looking like New York was staring at a 3-0 lead until a late comeback by the defending champions in the third prevented it from happening. The Bolts got aggressive late in this game, outshot New York 19-6 in the third period, and had three unanswered goals in the 3-2 win.

The Bolts did a better job than in the previous two games at attacking the zone and not allowing turnovers. They dominated the puck possession in that game, and even when the Rangers broke through the shutout midway through the second period, and even down 2-0, you had a feeling Tampa Bay was still confident that it could come back.

After the game, Rangers forward Andrew Copp said. “I don’t know if we were trying to come out and play defensive, and I don’t think that was the talk at all. We know that the third goal will be important like in Game 2, but once they got the [tying] goal, we couldn’t get ourselves going north and attacking.” 

They’ll need to be more aggressive in Game 4, but it could be tough as the Rangers deal with injuries that could impact their lineup. They lost second-line center Ryan Strome early in the second period with a lower-body injury,  but head coach Gerard Gallant is optimistic he’ll be ready for Wednesday. The bigger concern is for Barclay Goodrow, who was visibly hobbling after blocking a shot off his ankle — close to a similar spot where he suffered an injury that forced him to miss 11 games earlier in the playoffs. If both play, you wonder how impacted they’ll be with those injuries, and if one or neither suit up, that’s a big blow to their depth at center.

The Rangers have to attack early with first-line stars in Game 4. The Lighting has been better at 5-on-5 throughout this series as they control 62.15% of expected goals. New York has been the better team on the power-play throughout the playoff with the 31.4% rate, but they cannot count on Tampa Bay to make a mistake there.

Tampa Bay is that type of team that can find a spark and runs with it. This is the same team that went down 3-1 against the Maple Leafs and then pulled off seven-straight wins. Also, Andrei Vasilevskiy looked good behind the net on Sunday, maybe it was rust from the long layoff, but he posted a .933 save percentage in Game 3 after combining for .854 in the first two games.

You have to like the chances for the champs to make this a best of three.

Leg 1: Lightning ML

Total Goals O/U 5.5

Igor Shesterkin is playing as advertised with a .943 save percentage in this series and 17 goals saved above expected in the playoffs. The Rangers are not keeping opponents out of their zone, but Igor is good enough not to let it affect the team. As mentioned, we finally saw a good performance from Vasilevskiy, and now that he’s getting back into a rhythm of playing every other day, he should be much better. The under has hit in all three games. With both of these goalies, you should expect the same.

Leg 2: Under 5.5

Total parlay odds on Draftkings +170

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Author: Micheal May