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The Tampa Bay Lightning travel to New York to take on the Rangers for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight. Can the Lightning win on the road tonight? JT Miller answers.
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New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Best Bet: Can the Lightning Win Game 1 on the Road?

I have spoken a lot about the Tampa Bay Lightning this year, more specifically in the postseason. I laid down my praise, comments, and concerns regarding the team's ability to make a cup run and all of those concerns have been suppressed entirely.

Let's dive into my prediction, pick, and the odds for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning.

Rangers vs. Lightning Game 1 Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: June 1, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN, ESPN+

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New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Game 1 Prediction

I had one big concern and it has seemed to be a nonfactor to this point; they have played a crazy amount of hockey in the last three seasons and winning that cup is hard, not to mention doing it back-to-back and going for a third. Round one was the biggest challenge for them in my eyes if they got through that the cup run was plausible.

They duked out the series with a starving Toronto Maple Leafs squad and despite going to seven games they still sent them home packing in the end. They have been here before, done it, know how to do it, and know that the most important thing you can do when trying to win a cup is to not lose back-to-back games. Mission accomplished.

But then to sweep the Presidents Cup winners in four games like it was easy? That is cold-blooded; I had them to win that series but man that was cold-blooded. This series should be electric and one of the best netminder duels we will see in the playoffs this season, if not the best.

The series should go deep but I am backing the well-rested, motivated, and seemingly reenergized Tampa Bay Lightning who now have to feel like sharks smelling blood in the water. Eight wins away from history, solidifying their names and legacy into the hearts and minds of those observers and all record books to come.

They are built to go deep and that is why they have. This series should be excellent but I am in the Bolts to win the cup and they are my horse out of the east; they have proven everything I wanted and needed them to and more. This team is so good top to bottom and they can beat you in a lot of ways, I think the Bolts secure game one tonight.

New York Rangers vs Tampa Bay Lightning Game 1 Best Bet

Tampa Bay Lightning Moneyline -115 3u (Bet $115 to win $100)

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Born and raised in St. Louis, JT is a young gun in the industry but has already established himself as one of the sharpest. Some refer to him as the "King of the Ice" as a result of his dominance in the NHL, which has been his claim to fame. However, he also excels in other markets including the NFL, MLB, and NCAAF. You can follow JT on Twitter at @RickyBobbyBets.

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