Game 5 between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning was a bit more of a goaltending duel that we had been expecting for this series. A couple screened shots by defencemen Ryan Lindgren and Mikhail Sergachev gave us a 1-1 game heading into the third period as both Andrei Vasilevskiy and Igor Shesterkin were standing tall in net. They both looked like the Vezina-calibre goalies they had been most of the regular season.
Sergachev would give Tampa the lead late in the third period on another screened shot, not long after Ryan Strome whiffed on what was an empty net. Those are the fine margins when we get this late in the playoffs. Brandon Hagel added an empty netter to seal the 3-1 win and the Lightning are now leading the series 3-2 with a home game back in Tampa on Saturday.
Believe it or not, these are the first goals for Sergachev in this playoff run, and the first goal(s) for him in the postseason since Game 5 of the Cup Final back in 2020. He had gone postseason 39 games without a tally, so this was a good time for him to break out.
My main focus during the regular season tends to be daily fantasy sports, not so much season-long fantasy. I do both, obviously, but the former takes way more time every day and involves a lot more money being involved.
To that end, I wanted to share this interview with The Athletic's Dom Luszczyszyn. He has a hockey betting model that he's made public, and he is generally a great resource for the analytic side of the game. This is the interview he did with CBC:
Contained in that article is a Twitter thread that he did in the regular season about the ups and downs of sports betting which, by extension, applies to daily fantasy. With legalized