The 2022 NHL Eastern Conference finals game between theAnd Lightning holds a 3-2 lead in Game 6.
TheThe Lightning could be represented by, who might be named after Saturday's game. What can Tampa Bay do to win? What can New York do against the punch? Here's how we break it down.
What can the Lightning do to win this series?
Emily Kaplan, NHL reporter After a slow start to this series, the Lightning are back in their dominant form. The nine-day gap between series was not a joke. I'm sure that we'll be discussing it for Colorado as the Stanley Cup Final begins.
Tampa Bay's biggest improvement is their puck management. They were trying to force things when they didn't like them, trying to make something from nothing. This has been corrected since Game 2 (the turning moment in this series). They should continue to fight Rangers players in front a goalieVasilevskiy's clean appearance will stop almost everything, and he will continue to generate quick breakouts from his defensive end.
These guys are now the kings late-game dramas. This postseason, they scored three game-winning goals in less than two minutes.He scored two of those goals and, as he said to me after Game 5, they are confident that they can win this at home if they play like they did in Game 4.
Arda Öcal, NHL host: The Rangers looked slow in the first two games against them. However, the lengthy break between series and the Rangers’ pep probably had something to do. Now? It seems like they are back to their dynastic ways.
In terms of how stingy both defenses were during Game 6, it felt like a “playoff” game. Tampa Bay was particularly solid defensively for much of the game. If the Lightning keep up that pace, New York will be faster than New York, and Vasilevskiy could give another outstanding performance, this game could end in six.
Kristen Shilton, NHL reporter: Tampa Bay survived an early storm, no pun intended. The Rangers were coming off a Game 7 victory over Tampa Bay.In the second round. New York is still reeling from the momentum that Tampa Bay's last-minute goal in Game 3 gave them.
Lightning have been calm and composed under pressure. They don't let the ups, downs or changes dictate their level confidence. It will be crucial once again to finish off New York. The Lightning's defensive skills have improved greatly over the last few games. Vasilevskiy is taking some of the responsibility to save them. Even though they don’t score many goals, their scoring is high.
For Saturday's close, expect more timely contributions from Tampa Bay’s talent pool and Vasilevskiy will shut the door. You can also count on Jon Cooper, the coach behind the bench, to use home ice in his favor — and to hide a few tricks to keep the Rangers balanced.
Greg Wyshynski, NHL reporter: Cooper explained the reasons this series turned out as it did. Because the Lightning were mentally and physically sluggish after a nine-day break between rounds, the Rangers won the games in Games 1 and 2. Vasilevskiy was the worst affected by the layoff, so he was their best player in Game 2. He has a.956 save rate (86 saves on 90 against shots) and has been their best player for the past three series.
The coach reminded the Lightning loudly that they shouldn't make mistakes in the second and third games. They have now committed 29 total turnovers in the three previous games. While they're improving as the series progresses, the Rangers look physically tired.
Keep up their dominance at 5-on-5. The Rangers have scored two goals in the second period of Game 2. Stay out of the penalty boxes as they did the previous two games. And the Lightning will be able to punch their ticket for Denver.
What can the Rangers do in Game 6 to counterpunch?
Kaplan: Former Rangers playerTweet suggestion: We may need a guarantee. These Rangers aren't able to accept that, as they never lose too many games or get too high after wins. It was amazing to see their perseverance throughout these playoffs, especially since they were a young team.
told me last round that maybe it's the team's naïveté — the players don't let the moment overwhelm them. This is why they are 5-0 in elimination games for this postseason. They have been their best hockey since the end. Few teams can boast that.
The Rangers must do everything they did in Game 1 and 2, including win the puck battles on boards. This will prevent the Lightning from setting up their forecheck and allowing them to get traffic in front Vasilevskiy. Zibanejad can then do his thing on power play and not with media quotes. This is their style.
Öcal: New Yorkers don't quit, as the saying goes. They fell by multiple goals in elimination matches twice against theBut they rallied to win three consecutive elimination games. They were the only team that beat the Hurricanes at their home (and eliminated them from the playoffs).
Andrei Vasilevskiy is now the “Mr. Series-clinching” opponent. He has six career shutouts of these types games but… “There's no Quit in New York!” These Rangers are the only team that could force Game 7 if one team fails to get up off the floor.
Shilton: New York became the first postseason team to beat Carolina at-home, and it did so in a Game 7. Rangers don't seem intimidated by the do-or die moment. This is the energy that you should channel into Game 6 against Tampa Bay. New York was able to keep the puck away Tampa Bay's top skaters, and jumped on the Lightning offensively in order to disrupt their rhythm. Although it isn't an easy task to make Tampa Bay uncomfortable but New York achieved some success and the results were impressive.
New York can win the series by challenging the Lightning, firing pucks on Vasilevskiy, and maintaining a strong forecheck. It is important to remember that the past doesn't always dictate the future. The Rangers must not think too much about Tampa Bay's past championships.
Wyshynski: Do you remember the rejuvenation tank Boba Fett used to heal himself? They're going to need it. And some power plays.
Rangers have played a lot and expended a lot this postseason. They had to rally multiple times in two seven-game series. You can see a decrease in mental errors and fatigue throughout the lineup. Their fortitude is evident in the fact that two of their three losses were only one shot away games that ended at regulation.
Also, Game 6 Counterpunch: The Rangers have to have a goalieTo limit the Lightning to just one goal, they must score the extra goal they haven't been able to in their past three losses. Power play is the best way to do that. While the Rangers lead the playoffs for efficiency (31.5%) they have had just 3 minutes and 15 seconds of power-play time in their past two games. Forward They told me “you can't trust that” but that they must if they want to win Game 6.
Which prediction do you make for Game 6's final score?
Kaplan: While the Rangers may play hard and desperate, I think the Lightning can win on home ice by 3-1. The final goal is an empty-netter.
Öcal: Rangers win a thrilling 2-1 game to force Game 7.
Shilton: New York has truly exceeded my expectations in these playoffs. However, I prefer Tampa Bay at home. Lightning, 4-2.
Wyshynski: Lightning, 4-1. New York, “No Quit in New York” It's only that the Lightning has reached the required four wins, meaning that the series will be over.