The New York Rangers are only two wins away from reaching their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1994. Luckily for the Rangers, the next two games are at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have won five straight games, including four road wins. The Rangers rallied to overcome a 3-1 deficit to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the last round. As we’ve seen throughout the playoffs, nothing is guaranteed and no series lead is safe. However, when the goalie advantage is as lopsided as it is, the Rangers can’t help, but feel good about their chances. The Canadians lost their top goalie, Carey Price, to injury in Game 1. They will attempt to rally around third-stringer, Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski has only played in 11 career NHL games and suffered his first post-season loss in Game 2.
Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been outstanding, allowing only three road goals in the first two games. Lundqvist made 40 saves in Game 2, including 19 important saves in the third period to preserve the 3-1 victory.
Current NHL betting odds list the Rangers as huge (-172 home favorites) for the Game 3 tilt. Hockey is all about momentum and the Rangers have that heading into Game 3. Expect a hostile home crowd and look for the Rangers to put the pressure on with an early goal against an inexperienced goalie.
The Pick: New York Rangers -172