2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Edition | Game 4 – New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning: June 7, 2022

Game 4 Trends

* Teams with a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven hold an all-time series record of 373-164 (.695), including a 4-6 (.400) mark in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs and a 91-25 (.785) clip in the round before the Stanley Cup Final.

* Teams with a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven hold an all-time series record of 298-31 (.906), including a 2-1 (.667) mark in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs and a 70-1 (.986) clip in the round before the Stanley Cup Final.

* When a best-of-seven is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 223-61 (.785), including a 4-3 (.571) mark in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs and a 49-15 (.766) clip in the round before the Stanley Cup Final. 

New York

  • Game 4 record in a best-of-seven: 42-34 (.553) overall, 11-16 (.407) on the road
  • Leading 2-1 in best-of-seven: 18-6 (.750) overall, 9-4 (.692) when starting at home
  • Leading 3-1 in best-of-seven: 14-1 (.933) overall, 6-0 (1.000) when starting at home
  • Tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven: 15-16 (.484) overall, 9-6 (.600) when starting at home

Tampa Bay

  • Game 4 record in a best-of-seven: 21-13 (.618) overall, 7-7 (.500) at home
  • Trailing 2-1 in best-of-seven: 5-5 (.500) overall, 2-4 (.333) when starting on the road
  • Trailing 3-1 in best-of-seven: 1-2 (.333) overall, 1-2 (.333) when starting on the road
  • Tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven: 7-6 (.538) overall, 2-4 (.333) when starting on the road

Pre-Game

* The Lightning look to overcome a 2-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series for the second time in franchise history (also 2003 CQF vs. WSH). Defending Stanley Cup champions have overcome such a deficit to win a best-of-seven series a total of seven times in NHL history, most recently in the 2014 First Round when the Blackhawks defeated the Blues in six games.

* The Lightning are one of three different franchises in NHL history to win at least 10 consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs series, with the others being the Islanders (19 from 1980–1984) and Canadiens (13 from 1976–1980; 10 from 1956–1960). Only one series victory in the runs by Tampa Bay, New York or Montreal involved overcoming a deficit of multiple games – in the 1984 Conference Finals, the Islanders rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Canadiens and earn the last of their 19 straight series wins.

* Chris Kreider has 34 career playoff goals and needs one more to surpass Rod Gilbert for sole possession of first place on the Rangers’ all-time list. He can become the first player to take the outright postseason goals lead for an Original Six franchise since 2004, when Steve Yzerman scored in Game 6 of the Conference Quarterfinals to reach 68 career playoff tallies and pass Gordie Howe for sole possession of first place on the Red Wings’ all-time list.

* Nikita Kucherov (2-3—5 from Game 2-3) has factored on each of the Lightning’s last five goals, including Ondrej Palat’s winner in the final minute of Game 3. He can become the 10th player in NHL history to factor on six or more consecutive goals in a Conference Finals/Semifinals – the most-recent player to do so was Jeff Carter with the Kings in 2014 (3-3—6 from Game 2-3).

* Adam Fox (5-18—23 in 17 GP) has 23 points in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He needs one point to surpass Larry Murphy (23 in 1991) and Ray Bourque (23 in 1983) and move into a tie with Brent Burns (24 in 2016) and Bobby Orr (24 in 1972) for the seventh most in a playoff year by an NHL defenseman.

* Adam Fox (2-11—13 in 8 GP) enters Tuesday with points in each of the Rangers’ last eight games. He can become the eighth different defenseman in NHL history to post a point streak of nine or more games in a playoff year and first since Larry Murphy in 1995 (2-13—15 in 9 GP).

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