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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 2/28/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



TAMPA BAY (9-9-0-1, 19 pts.) at NY RANGERS (8-8-0-2, 18 pts.)
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Thursday, 2/28/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
1TAMPA BAY+125Ov 5.5,-110+125Ov 5.5,-110
2NY RANGERS-145Un 5.5,-110-145Un 5.5,-110
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-10-0-2.29-10-2.213-43.727.83.230.1
Team Stats (Road Games)3-5-0-1.73-5-1.76-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.42-3-1.43-
TAMPA BAY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)19702016331152913.2%771722.1%126
Team Stats (Road Games)82555141021811.5%28310.7%45
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5154470014510.3%20210.0%27
Stats Against (All Games) 601522221257210.5%651116.9%99
Stats Against (Road Games) 28611110124911.2%29517.2%46
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 157260112811.7%9111.1%26
TAMPA BAY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MATHIEU GARON (All Games)7619017491.6%02-4-2.82-4-0-23-3
MATHIEU GARON (Road Games)431009393.0%02-1+1.42-1-0+12-1
MATHIEU GARON (Last 4 Games)431059691.4%01-2-1.91-2-0-12-1
ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)141338133989.0%07-6+0.67-6-0+110-1
ANDERS LINDBACK (Road Games)6514812886.5%01-4-31-4-0-34-1
ANDERS LINDBACK (Last 4 Games)44917784.6%02-202-2-003-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

NY RANGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-10-0-4.48-10-4.47-102.429.72.728.6
Team Stats (Home Games)6-5-0-16-5-16-52.932.62.627.1
Last 5 Games1-4-0-4.61-4-4.61-31.629.82.826.6
NY RANGERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)1844111219235348.2%63711.1%67
Team Stats (Home Games)113210912123598.9%37513.5%52
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)58035001495.4%15213.3%16
Stats Against (All Games) 48111916245149.3%671116.4%78
Stats Against (Home Games) 297129132989.7%42614.3%47
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 142741213310.5%14214.3%21
NY RANGERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BIRON (All Games)441019291.1%11-3-2.61-3-0-32-2
MARTIN BIRON (Home Games)22514792.2%00-2-2.70-2-0-32-0
MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)441019291.1%11-3-2.61-3-0-32-2
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)151441137691.5%07-7-1.87-7-0-25-8
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Home Games)10924522391.0%06-3+1.66-3-0+14-5
HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)4411410592.1%01-3-3.61-3-0-41-2
Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 2.98,  NY RANGERS 3.29
TAMPA BAY - Schedule
2/1/2013WINNIPEG8-3W0, -205W6 evO
2/2/2013NY RANGERS2-3L0, -125L5.5 ovU
2/5/2013at PHILADELPHIA1-2L0, +105L6 unU
2/7/2013at NEW JERSEY2-4L0, +110L5.5 unO
2/10/2013at NY RANGERS1-5L0, +130L5.5 unO
2/12/2013MONTREAL3-4L0, -135L5.5 evO
2/14/2013WASHINGTON3-4L0, -145L5.5 ovO
2/16/2013at FLORIDA6-5W0, -125W5.5 evO
2/19/2013TORONTO4-2W0, -160W6 ovP
2/21/2013BOSTON2-4L0, +105L5.5 ovO
2/23/2013at CAROLINA5-2W0, -110W6 evO
2/24/2013at PITTSBURGH3-5L0, +155L6 ovO
2/26/2013BUFFALO1-2L0, -145L6 ovU
2/28/2013at NY RANGERS 
3/2/2013at BOSTON 
3/4/2013at PITTSBURGH 
3/5/2013at NEW JERSEY 

NY RANGERS - Schedule
2/2/2013at TAMPA BAY3-2W0, +105W5.5 ovU
2/5/2013at NEW JERSEY1-3L0, -105L5 unU
2/7/2013NY ISLANDERS4-1W0, -160W5.5 unU
2/10/2013TAMPA BAY5-1W0, -150W5.5 unO
2/12/2013at BOSTON4-3W0, +115W5 unO
2/14/2013NY ISLANDERS3-4L0, -155L5.5 unO
2/17/2013WASHINGTON2-1W0, -180W5.5 unU
2/19/2013MONTREAL1-3L0, -160L5 evU
2/21/2013at OTTAWA2-3L0, -145L5 unP
2/23/2013at MONTREAL0-3L0, +120L5 unU
2/26/2013WINNIPEG3-4L0, -155L5.5 unO
2/28/2013TAMPA BAY 
3/7/2013at NY ISLANDERS 
3/10/2013at WASHINGTON 

LAST SEASON: 38-36-8, 84 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference.

COACH: Guy Boucher, 3rd season, 84-61-19.

ADDED: G Anders Lindback, D Sami Salo, D Matt Carle, RW B,J. Crombeen, LW Benoit Pouliot.

LOST: G Dwayne Roloson, D Brett Clark, RW Ryan Shannon.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Steven Stamkos. Young rising star had NHL-best 60 goals, including a league-high 12 game-winners last season. The Lightning are counting on him to continue delivering in clutch situations.

OUTLOOK: A year removed from making the Eastern Conference finals in their first season under Boucher, the Lightning finished 10th in the conference - eight points short of the playoffs - last season. Stamkos & Co., feel a quick start will be one of the keys to getting back to the post-season.


LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.

COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.

ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.

LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.

OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-NY RANGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Lightning-Rangers Preview* ===========================


Tampa Bay (9-9-1) at New York (8-8-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The New York Rangers' losing streak has hit four games amid injuries and inconsistent play. They have to hope that past results against the Tampa Bay Lightning indicate they're on the verge of snapping out of it.

Looking for a third win in as many meetings with the up-and-down Lightning this season, the Rangers continue a four-game homestand Thursday night.

New York (8-8-2) fell 4-3 to Winnipeg on Tuesday despite a third-period comeback during which Taylor Pyatt and Anton Stralman goals cut the deficit to one. The Rangers, though, trailed throughout and Evander Kane answered Pyatt's tally 20 seconds later on a questionable goal allowed by Henrik Lundqvist.

"Something I am going to think about for the next 24 hours," last season's Vezina Trophy winner said. "I've tried to find out a reason for why."

New York, which scored more than two goals for the first time in five games, played without forwards Rick Nash and Arron Asham as well as defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto. Nash has missed four straight games with an undisclosed injury, and the status of all four players for Thursday is uncertain, though McDonagh practiced Wednesday and said he's on track to play.

New York has six goals in the four contests without Nash and has scored 11 in the past six overall, going 1-3-2.

"If we get some people back and we have that type of effort, and some of the things that we did correctly (Tuesday), I think we'll get on our way," coach John Tortorella said.

Star forward Marian Gaborik has gone five games without a goal, while center Brad Richards has one point in his last four and no goals in 13 games.

"There's a lot of confidence in this room ... we can build on our third period," Gaborik said.

New York played with confidence in its first two games against Tampa Bay (9-9-1) in 2013, holding on for a 3-2 road win Feb. 2 and routing the Lightning 5-1 on Feb. 10 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have gone 4-0-2 in the past six matchups.

They'll be facing a Tampa Bay team that's lost two straight since winning three of four. The Lightning went 0 for 6 on the power play in a 2-1 defeat to Buffalo on Tuesday and are 1 for 14 over the past four games, though they outshot the Sabres 31-21 and 12-6 in the third.

"Our number of chances can't be any higher," coach Guy Boucher told the team's official website. "The quality of scoring chances we got were very good."

That was due in large part to Steven Stamkos, who had eight shots on goal and extended his goal streak to six games. The star center has seven goals and six assists during a seven-game point streak, and his 14 tallies lead the league.

Tampa Bay is opening a four-game road trip in which it will also face Boston, Pittsburgh and New Jersey.

"We play the top teams, so it will be a challenge for us," Boucher said. "But it doesn't matter if we're playing Boston or Pittsburgh or whoever the opponent is, we have to play them the same way. We play the way we play and continue evolving and progressing."

The Lightning may also be without a key player Thursday, as defenseman Sami Salo departed against Buffalo with an undisclosed lower-body injury. Salo, who leads Tampa Bay at plus-11, is uncertain for this contest.

Last Updated: 5/26/2018 3:26:20 AM EST

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