The Rangers are back in action tonight in Tampa as they take on a true contender in the Lightning. The Bolts and Rangers have been connected on a few trades now, and a whopping five Rangers (Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, JT Miller, Anton Stralman) are now with the Lightning, hoping to get that Cup. The Rangers want the Lightning to win because then their first round pick comes to New York in June.
That is all backstory that really has nothing to do with tonight’s game at all. The Rangers blew a few leads in Sunrise, but came out on top. The Bolts are much, much better. This is as complete a team as you’ll see in the NHL. I don’t expect a bloodbath, but I expect Tampa to have the puck 90% of the time.
Ondrej Palat-Steven Stamkos-Yanni Gourde
Tyler Johnson-Brayden Point-Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn-Anthony Cerelli-JT Miller
Mathieu Joseph-Cedric Paquette-Ryan Callahan
Victor Hedman-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Erik Cernak
Braydon Coburn-Mikhail Sergachev
Louis Domingue gets the start.
Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: All five (well, four…Stralman is hurt) ex-Rangers are held scoreless.
Game time is 7:30pm."Game 30: We should want Tampa to win the Cup",