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 HomestandTampa 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.
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 BusThe 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.
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.
- Rangers are 1-6 in their last 7 after allowing 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Rangers are 0-6 in their last 6 games as an underdog of +151 to +200.
- Lightning is 9-1 in their last 10 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals.
- Lightning is 45-8 in their last 53 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.