Back the Tampa Bay Lightning in a must-win spot, plus other best bets for Tuesday

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06-08-2022

If you take out Game 1, when the Rangers put up six goals, Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy has been strong in net with just five goals surrendered in Games 2 and 3. However, the Lightning should be playing with quite a bit of confidence after scoring three unanswered goals to win Game 3. Back the Lightning in a spot where they almost have to win with the series shifting to New York for Game 5. In addition, Wright had five strikeouts in each of the other two games in which he didn't register six strikeouts. Key Trend: Kyle Wright has recorded at least six strikeouts in two of his last four starts

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