New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning same game parlay (+500 odds) today 6/5: Rangers to extend lead

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Chadwick Wetzel

NHL · 3 weeks ago

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Hailing from Denver, Colorado, a handicapper of the NHL, NFL and NCAA Football, with the MLB in the summer. Big fan of March Madness and all the upsets that can come from that. Remember to bet a number first, then the team.

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning is tonight, with the venue now switching to Tampa Bay. The Rangers won the first 2 games in New York to jump out to a commanding 2-0 series lead. Tampa Bay will be looking for home ice to help them climb back into the series, while the Rangers want to extend their series lead and move to a win away from going to the Stanley Cup Finals. I have lined up a same game parlay that has a payout of 5/1 at DraftKings Sportsbook. But before we dive in, remember you can read all of our NHL playoff content here.

Rangers over 0.5 goals in 1st period (-115)

Rangers ML (+135)

Under 5.5 goals (-125)

Parlay odds: +500

Let’s break down each of the legs

Rangers over 0.5 goals in 1st period (-115)

The Rangers’ success in this series has been jumping on the Lightning in the 1st period and scoring early in the game. In Game 1, Chris Kreider scored just 1:11 into the contest. In Game 2, even though the Lighting struck first with a goal just under 3 minutes into the game, the Rangers answered right back just 3 minutes later to tie it. They added another goal later in the 1st period to take 2-1 lead. The Rangers rank 1st of all the teams that made the playoffs in goals in the 1st period with 17. Goals in the 1st period for the Rangers will be even more important on the road, so look for them to score early in Game 3.

New York Rangers ML over Tampa Bay Lightning (+135)

The Rangers have come out and surprised everyone by taking the first 2 games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions. After coming back from 3-1 down in the 1st round to beat the Penguins and then taking out the Metropolitan Division champion Hurricanes in 7 as well in the last round, this team has proved it can win no matter what the circumstances.

There are two big reasons for the run they are on: goaltending and special teams. The Rangers are backstopped by arguably the best goalie in the NHL in Igor Shesterkin. He is the favorite to win the Vezina Trophy for the best goalie in the regular season and leads all goalies in the third round of the playoffs in goals saved above expected. Since the Rangers don’t push the play on the attack at 5-on-5, they need to generate offense elsewhere, and it comes from the powerplay. They lead all teams remaining in the playoffs in powerplay percentage, sitting at 30.4%. Look for Shesterkin and the powerplay to carry the Rangers to a Game 3 victory.

Be sure to check out our full game preview for the New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Under 5.5 goals (-125)

Both these teams have outstanding goalies. Shesterkin leads in goals saved above expected, but Andrei Vasilevskiy is a former Vezina Trophy winner and has led the Lightning to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Defensively, both teams have tightened up their play as well, allowing fewer shots and high-danger scoring chances from Game 1 to Game 2. The Lighting rank 2nd in expected goals against, just behind the Avalanche. After the 8-goal outbreak in Game 1, expect a more defensive game, like in game 2, and bet the under.

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