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New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Prediction & Preview

New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning 2019-10-29 NHL,

#77 Tampa Bay Lightning
Lightning -225
#78 N.Y. Rangers
Rangers 185
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:35pm
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Where: Madison Square Garden
When: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 7:30 pm ET
We have an Eastern Division NHL matchup to consider for Tuesday night when the 5-3-2 Tampa Bay Lightning visit the 3-5-1 New York Rangers for game one of their three-game season series. The Lightning is looking for a win after its 3-2 Saturday night home loss to the Nashville Predators and the Rangers have lost four of its last five including a 7-4 Sunday night home loss to the Boston Bruins.

Lightning Loses Two of Three Game Homestand

Tampa Bay is coming off a horrible homestand where the Lightning lost two of three-game and was outscored 11-7. Those losses were to the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators and they sandwiched a solid 3-2 victory over the Penguins, and I suppose if you must lose than lose to good teams. Steven Stamkos leads the Lightning with 11 points and a team-high five goals and Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with seven assists this season.

“[Last night was] a game I felt we had in control from the drop of the puck to the end. That’s what’s really, really disappointing about it because we played well. To just come away with one point is too bad.” | Jon Cooper:

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Tampa Bay has the tenth best power-play unit and boasts a 24.1 percent success rate and the penalty kill unit is 28th in the NHL with a miserable 69.4 percent success rate this season.
Andrei Vasilevskiy is the likely starting goaltender for the Lightning and is 5-2-0 with a 2.99 GSA and 90 percent save percentage. Wednesday night the reigning Vezina Trophy winner stopped 37 of the 39 shots he faced for a 3-2 victory over the Penguins and giving him his fourth win in his last five starts. Corsica Hockey lists Vasilevskiy with a 93.99 xSV% and a below-average -1.61 GSAA this season.

Rangers Riding Struggle Bus

The Rangers are riding the struggle bus and have lost four of its last five games and currently reside in second to last place and just a point ahead of the New Jersey Devils in the Metropolitan Division. New York has scored 16 goals but allowed 20 and lost four of the past five games because they can’t seem to keep the puck out of the back of their own net. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 11 points and a team-high seven assists and Artemi Panarin leads the club with seven goals this season.

“If you have no battle in you, you’re not going to be productive. This game is all about, what can you do when someone is trying to stop you from doing it?”

Coach Quinn offers an update on Mika, Jesper & more after tonight’s game. ⬇️

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New York has a below-average 18.2 percent power-play success rate and rank 18th in the NHL with an 80.5 percent penalty kill success rate this season.
Alexandar Georgiev is likely tending the twine Tuesday evening and he’s 1-2-1 this season with a 3.04 GAA and 91 percent save percentage. Georgiev allowed three of the 35 shots he faced this past Tuesday night for a 3-2 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Corsica Hockey lists Georgiev with a 92.12 xSV% and below-average -0.54 GSAA this season.

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