Rangers Vs. Lightning Odds: Bolts Can Clinch Saturday, Game 6 Betting Line

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The Lightning are one win away from the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday has the Bolts on the cusp of a third straight appearance in the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals. The series price was adjusted accordingly at sportsbooks including DraftKings, which offered the Lightning as the -500 favorite as of Friday morning. The Rangers could be had at +400 ahead of Game 6 in Tampa Bay on Saturday.

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Bolts Bounce Back From 0-2 Series Deficit

Tampa Bay has shown the heart of a champion after losing the first two games of the series and trailing 2-0 in Game 3. The Bolts’ Stanley Cup three-peat bid is alive and well after they’ve reeled off three straight wins against the Rangers.

Defenseman Mikhail Sergachev played the hero in Game 5 with a goal and an assist. Ondrej Palat deflected the puck past Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin with 1:50 remaining in regulation en route to Tampa Bay’s win at Madison Square Garden.

Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy looked like the reigning Conn Smythe winner as NHL Playoff MVP with 24 saves and just one goal allowed. Tampa Bay returns home to Amalie Arena with a chance to close out the series.

The Lightning’s 2022 Stanley Cup futures odds shortened from +320 to +195 at FanDuel.

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Earlier this week, Circa Sports offered the Lightning at +170 in a potential Stanley Cup Finals matchup against the Colorado Avalanche, who were the -195 series favorite.

Rangers Have To Prove Resiliency Once Again

The #NoQuitInNY hashtag will be put to the test again on Saturday in Tampa Bay. The Rangers showed some fight in a mini-brawl after Game 5, but they’ll need to come from behind yet again in the 2022 NHL Playoffs. New York overcame two-game deficits to win its previous playoff series against Pittsburgh and Carolina.

The Rangers coughed up a 1-0 lead in Game 5. The Lightning’s come-from-behind victory snapped New York’s eight-game winning streak in the playoffs at Madison Square Garden.

The task ahead of the Rangers becomes more daunting when you consider that Tampa Bay has an 8-2 record when leading 3-2 in a seven-game series. Shesterkin will likely have to stand on his head for the Rangers to have a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals against Colorado.

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