NHL bets for Lightning vs Rangers Game 2

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals is on tonight, with Rangers hosting the Lightning up 1-0 in the series.

We have a bet on the winner of this one, along with a few prop spots that offer value. Let’s cut to the chase.

Tampa Bay ML (-125 BetMGM)

You’re most likely aware of this trend by now, but if you’re not, I’ll bring it to your attention here. Bolts goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (and that Tampa team) are 18-0 after losing in the playoffs the past three seasons.

It’s a remarkable ability to bounce back, and although at some point this streak ends, it’s the one I want to follow tonight.

We felt like New York was in the best position in Game 1 thanks to such recent play, as the Lightning had just rested nine days. Rust indeed reigned supreme, as Tampa Bay lost 6-2. With this game under their belt, I expect a much more competitive Game 2 with more Tampa scoring and a tighter defense.

Pointe Anthony Cirelli (+120 DNK)

The biggest takeaway from Game 1 was the amount of action generated by Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Anthony Cirelli.

Together, the three finished with 17 shots on goal and the team’s two goals. In a game where I expect the Lightning to win, we target that line to keep scoring, and it’s Cirelli who provides the best value as a front-line center.

Cirelli had two points in Game 1 and now has one point in two straight games. His involvement has really increased, as he also has four SOGs in two in a row.

+120 for a member of a top-line is a value I will follow every chance I get.

Parlay: Nikita Kucherov & Steven Stamkos 3+ hits (+124 FD)

The Rangers allowed 39.14 shots per game at home in the playoffs (excluding their triple overtime game against Pittsburgh in the first round). Tampa Bay stayed in line with that number in Game 1 here, finishing with 39 shots on net.

As I just pointed out, it was the top line of the Lightning that really pushed the volume. Kucherov finished with seven shots from 12 attempts and Stamkos had six shots from eight attempts.

Kucherov is pressed over 2.5 and Stamkos’ success at his 3.5 figure is a bit shaky. We pivot with two alternate lines on FanDuel and charge each one to finish with 3+ moves.

Tampa knows they need to pick up the pace in this one, and it’s going to start with two of their best skaters.

Mika Zibanejad on 2.5 SOG (-135 CZR)

Although I know this line is a bit juiced, it seems like the best option for me from the Rangers side. I know we went to Artemi Panarin in Game 1 at +130, who covered. While that’s great, I’m a little less excited about him hitting again as he’s only attempted four shots.

We look to Zibanejad, who has returned to his role as New York’s leading power-play shooter, with 14 PP shots this postseason.

Tampa has been penalized heavily in these playoffs and in recent months, and it’s those opportunities that should present shooting opportunities for Zibanejad.

Zibanejad finished Game 1 with seven shots on nine attempts and has now topped 2.5 shots in three of four games against the Lightning.

He’s also much more consistent at home, passing in six of eight games, and has yet to finish with less than two SOG in any playoff game, giving us a solid floor.

Drink the juice here on what seems to be their most reliable shooter.

Adam Fox support (-120 DK)

While I think Tampa Bay and Vasilevskiy will limit the points tonight, it’s hard not to come right back at Adam Fox. Even if Rangers only score two goals, it’s very likely that he will be involved in one of them.

With his juice point prop, the alternative is a pivot to an assist (with a hat to potentially bet his power play point as well).

Fox has had one assist in six consecutive games, with eight in total during that span. He recorded an apple in 10 of 15 playoff games and, at home, he had an assist in six of eight games.

The Rangers star defenseman is so committed to his offensive game and power play, and he deserves our continued trust.

Good luck tonight, let’s cash in some bets and enjoy Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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