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Record: 112-109, + -5.4 units, -2.4 percent ROI
Market Report for Wednesday, June 1st
After Tuesday’s wild 14-goal game in Colorado, the running joke is that we’ll see a tiny fraction of that on Wednesday in New York as Igor Shesterkin and Andrei Vasilevskiy will go head-to-head when the Lightning and Rangers kick off the Eastern Conference final. Let’s look at things from a betting perspective.
Tampa Bay Lightning (-125) at New York Rangers (+ 105)
There are many ways that a game or a series can play out, but a matchup between the Lightning and Rangers doesn’t scream offense. It will likely be a much different kind of hockey than what we’ve seen in the Western Conference final, but that’s not a bad thing. If you ask hockey fans to pick a goaltender to win them one game, a lot will choose Andrei Vasilevskiy. I would, and that won’t change in the short term, regardless of the result of the Eastern Conference final. However, Igor Shesterkin would be my second choice, though. This should be a great matchup between two goaltenders that are in their prime. Vasilevskiy is 27 (soon to be 28) and has a lot more NHL experience than Shesterkin, but the latter is 26 and he spent parts of six seasons in Russia’s KHL. Shesterkin would be the most feared goaltender in the playoffs if not for Vasilevskiy allowing just three goals in four games against the Panthers, who were the best offensive team in 26 years. The Rangers scored goals at an average rate in the regular season, and it took an awful performance from Antti Raanta in Games 6 and 7 for the Rangers to generate more than three goals. The Lightning are rested, and while the injury to Brayden Point does hurt their chances of winning the series, and Game 1, my model estimates that there is enough value to justify making a small wager at -125.
Tampa Bay Lightning -125 (half size)