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Three Players Making the Difference in Bolts' Resurgence

Just when it looked like the season was a wash, the Tampa Bay Lightning reel off 18 points in 12 games and rejoin the playoff race with a Steven Stamkos return right around the corner. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman, who have led the Bolts during this run with 19 combined points in their last six games, will look to get the Bolts within a point of a wild-card postseason spot with a win against the Rangers tonight.

  • The Rangers have scored just 6 total goals in their last 4 contests (1-3 SU in those games).
  • The favored team is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games in this matchup.
  • The Rangers beat the Lightning 6-1 in these teams’ only meeting so far this season.

With Tampa on absolute fire right now, and with the Rangers missing two of their top four defensemen as well as their leading goal scorer, the Blueshirts could be in a bit of trouble at the beach tonight. In their two games this month, the Rangers have been outshot by an average of 10 per game and if it weren’t for Henrik Lundqvist, who’s posted a .928 save percentage since the all-star break, they’d be getting buried.

Along the same vein, Andrei Vasilevskiy is stepping up big time with Ben Bishop now out of the picture and has posted a .937 save percentage in his two starts since claiming the starting job in Tampa. This is Tampa's game to lose tonight if the young Russian gets the start.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the Tampa Bay Lightning as -115 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5.5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 3.6-1.8 win for the Lightning on Monday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Lightning sit at 30-26-8 on the season; in comparison, the New York Rangers are currently 41-22-2. Looking to wager on the totals? Tampa Bay is 30-27-7 OU, and New York is 33-27-5 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Tampa Bay vs New York injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 25-rated New York Rangers taking on the No. 13-rated Tampa Bay Lightning in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 13-ranked offense, averaging 2.8 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 12 at 2.66 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 22.52% while the Rangers defense kills off 81.18% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New York lost its last outing, a 4-1 result against the Canadiens on March 04. Bettors who backed the Canadiens at +129 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent PUSH bettors to the payout window.

Tampa Bay won its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Sabres on March 04. Bettors who backed the Lightning at -101 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • NY Rangers is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
  • NY Rangers is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
  • Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing NY Rangers

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Florida, Tuesday, March 7th
Tampa Bay home to Minnesota, Thursday, March 9th