The Eastern Conference Finals get started with game one between the Rangers at the Lightning on Wednesday in this pivotal matchup.
The two teams in the Eastern Conference Finals could not have taken more different countries to get to this point. The Rangers fell behind in both series (3-1 and 3-2) before charging back to win while their opponent and challenger to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Finals, the Lightning, swept their way here in the second round. This is should make for a dramatic, fun series in the conference finals.
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Game Date: June 1, 2022
Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
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New York has found a pattern they like in the playoffs, which is to fall down 3-1 in the series, then win on the road and at home to close out the series:
During the regular season, New York swept the series against the Lightning 3-0 with the first game ending in a shootout and the other two in regulation. The Rangers hold a plus-six goal differential in the season series with two of the games being close and a 4-0 shutout in the middle.
Through two rounds in the playoffs, New York is averaging 3.43 goals per game (48 goals, 14 games) and has given up 3.0 goals per game to its opponents (42 goals allowed).
The Rangers have played in three overtime games, with every other game in the playoffs (win or lose) decided by two goals or more.
On the other side for Tampa Bay, the Lightning are one of the best defensive teams in the playoffs and the best defensive team remaining, giving up 2.45 goals per game to opponents. Only the Stars (2.14 goals allowed in seven games) were better on that end of the ice.
Offensively, they are averaging 3.27 goals per game with the third-best goal differential of the four remaining playoff teams. New York has the worst goal differential due to the back-to-back seven-game series.
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