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NHL Game Preview - Rangers underdogs vs Lightning at Tampa Bay

New York Rangers

Tampa Bay Lightning
18-19-2 December 29, 2013, 07:00 PM | St. Pete Times Forum 23-11-4

Tampa Bay will try to be nasty hosts on Sunday when the New York Rangers pay a visit to Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Lightning sport a record of 23-11-4 heading into this matchup, while the Rangers sit at 18-19-2 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-21-3 for the Lightning and 15-16-8 for the Rangers.

View New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Odds and Stats.

On the opening NHL line for this matchup, Tampa Bay sat as -126 Favorite over at BetOnline. The total was set at 5 at 5Dimes but may move closer to puck drop.

The Lightning - Rangers odds would favor the Rangers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tampa Bay is rated No. 22 in the current Odds Shark poll, while New York is at No. 10.

New York was a 3-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Capitals. They lost as +103 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Tampa Bay, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Canadiens at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Canadiens at +105 were rewarded, while the 3 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 2.82 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.69 goals allowed. The Lightning power play is averaging 15.79% while the Rangers defense kills off 85.12% of their penalties.

A few Rangers at Lightning trends to consider:
NY Rangers is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
NY Rangers is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games on the road
NY Rangers is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
NY Rangers is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games
Tampa Bay is 11-2-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Tampa Bay is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing NY Rangers
Tampa Bay is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against NY Rangers

Next up:
New York at Florida, Tuesday, December 31st
Tampa Bay at Vancouver, Wednesday, January 1st