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Picks for Lightning vs. Rangers in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Final

We go over the moneyline and goal total for the Lightning and Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2022 NHL playoffs on Friday.

Ross Colton #79 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the New York Rangers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on June 01, 2022 in New York City. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The New York Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the 2022 Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 6-2 win in Game 1 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. New York scored three goals in the second period and two more in the third to pull away from the defending champs. So let’s take a look at the odds and lines on DraftKings Sportsbook for Game 2 and make some picks.

All odds come courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

Lightning vs. Rangers: Game 2 predictions

Puck line: TB -1.5 (+200), NYR +1.5 (-250)
Goal total: 5.5 goals
Moneyline odds: TB -130, NYR +110

Goal total pick: Over 5.5 goals

The over hit by a wide margin in Game 1. There’s reason to believe this should continue to be a high-scoring series. The Rangers scored five of six goals at even strength. Really, the Bolts need to tighten things up on defense. Tampa Bay also needs to find its offense. That is a must in what is a very important game for the Lightning. Jon Cooper should make some adjustments and my guess is the Lightning come out and match the Rangers on offense.

The initial thought in Game 1 was both goalies will play at an elite level. Andrei Vasilevskiy has been up and down this postseason. So has Igor Shesterkin. Perhaps this is the game in which Shesterkin lays the egg and Vasilevskiy steps up? Either way, we’re going to trust the offense to be good enough to get to six goals in this one.

Moneyline or puck line pick: TB -130

The Lightning have a pretty lengthy streak of winning games in the postseason following a loss. We’re going to ride that streak in what is the most important game of their season. Going back home down 2-0 isn’t the end of the world, but the Rangers would have a TON of momentum. This feels like a slugfest where teams will trade blows and the more experienced squad comes out on top. Think Lightning 4-3 or 5-4 in regulation or OT. Don’t take that prediction and run with it. But know that this is the spot the Bolts steal home ice.

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