The New York Rangers will hit the road to face the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night June 11 in Game 6 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals. The Rangers lost Game 5 on Thursday and now trail the series 3-2, but Caesars New York has a sports betting offer that will cheer up local hockey fans.
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When it comes to historical NHL playoff series that were tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 has won the series 82% of the time, so the Rangers have some significant history to overcome. If there is one thing the Rangers have shown during the playoffs, though, is that they have a knack for dramatic comebacks.
The Rangers stand two wins away from getting to the Stanley Cup Finals, after being +2500 to win the Stanley Cup in the preseason, according to Caesars Sportsbook.
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Game 6 Odds: Lightning at Rangers, June 11
The NY Rangers are underdogs to Tampa Bay in Game 6, which means they are even bigger underdogs to win the series and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Game 6 will be broadcast live on ESPN and on ESPN Radio.
Rangers Vs. Lightning Game 5 Preview
To paraphrase Mark Twain: Reports of the death of the Tampa Bay Lightning were greatly exaggerated. After sliding into a 2-0 hole, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions have skated back into this series, forcing a swing game at Madison Square Garden Thursday night.
The Rangers are underdogs at home, in spite of the fact that home teams have been successful this postseason. The Rangers have not lost a game at the Garden since the first game of the playoffs. The old building should be loud on Thursday night, with the home team having a chance to take a lead in this series.
It could be the “Kid Line” that holds the key to Game 5 and the balance of this series: Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere, and Filip Chytil — all 22 years old and under. That trio will need to handle the puck with confidence against a veteran line of the Lightning. An early lead could be pivotal.
The Lightning have been forced to shift their lines due to injuries and inconsistent play, but hardly a beat has been missed. Tampa Bay is a pair of wins away from returning to the Stanley Cup Finals for a third straight season. The team riddled the Rangers with 50 shots in Game 4, but in New York on Thursday, it should be a tighter game with fewer pucks entering the crease. A low-scoring affair would be a nail-biter for both coaches.
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