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Matchup: Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference final

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Chris O'Meara
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) gets past Florida Panthers center Anton Lundell (15) during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Monday, May 23, 2022, in Tampa.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will face the New York Rangers, with the winner advancing to the Stanley Cup. Here's a look at the matchup.

Tampa Bay Lightning (51-23-8, third in the Atlantic Division) vs. New York Rangers (52-24-6, second in the Metropolitan Division)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Lightning -127, Rangers +106; over/under is 5.5


  • Game 1: at New York, Wednesday, 8
  • Game 2: at New York, Friday, 8
  • Game 3 : at Tampa Bay, Sunday, 3
  • Game 4: at Tampa Bay, Tues., June 7, 8
  • * Game 5: at New York, Thurs., June 9, TBD
  • * Game 6: at Tampa Bay, Sat., June 11, TBD
  • * Game 7: at Rangers, Tues., June 14, TBD

BOTTOM LINE: The New York Rangers host the Tampa Bay Lightning to open the Eastern Conference finals. The teams meet Wednesday for the fourth time this season. The Rangers went 3-0 against the Lightning in the regular season. In their last regular season matchup on March 19, the Rangers won 2-1. Chris Kreider led the Rangers with two goals.

New York has a 52-24-6 record overall and a 26-8-4 record on its home ice. The Rangers have gone 42-5-2 when scoring at least three goals.

Tampa Bay has a 51-23-8 record overall and a 22-14-2 record on the road. The Lightning rank seventh in NHL play with 285 total goals (averaging 3.5 per game).


LAST 10 GAMES: Rangers: 7-2-1, averaging 3.4 goals, 5.7 assists, 3.9 penalties and 8.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.1 goals per game.

Lightning: 8-2-0, averaging 3.6 goals, 5.5 assists, 4.1 penalties and nine penalty minutes while giving up two goals per game.

INJURIES: Rangers: Barclay Goodrow: out (lower body), Sammy Blais: out for season (lower body).

Lightning: Brayden Point: day to day (lower-body).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.