The New York Rangers are hot as a pistol right now while the Ottawa Senators have gone cold. The Rangers head into Wednesday night’s affair on a four-game winning streak while the Sens have lost three straight.
If you’re playing the “they’re due” myth
of a sports betting system, you might be inclined to take the Senators as your NHL pick, but all
other signs point to momentum continuing in each of their respective ways with
another Rangers win.
Sportsbooks have seen this surge by the Rangers and opened with them as the -125 NHL betting favorites in tonight battle. The NHL odds have since shifted to -115 with the total at 5.5.
The New York Rangers can win because…
They are clicking right now. Ever since Joe Thornton
called them soft and head coach John Tortorella stood up for his squad, they
have been playing airtight hockey.
They spanked the Sharks 5-2, edged the Anaheim Ducks 2-1
in a shootout, topped the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 and stumped the Winnipeg Jets
The Rangers might be the road team but they’ll be plenty
comfortable playing at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. They’ve won five straight
there while outscoring the Senators 16-6.
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has won two straight and is
4-2-1 in his last seven. He’s allowed just 16 goals in that span. He’s thrived
against Ottawa of late, winning his last six starts while posting a GAA of 1.32
The Sens will likely be without Daniel Alfredsson
(concussion) again while Jason Spezza has gone cold. That’s just two more
reasons to bet the Rangers in this contest.
The Ottawa Senators can win because…
Goaltender Craig Anderson thrives against the Rangers.
For his career, Anderson is 6-2-1 against the Rangers
with a 1.95 goals-against average. That sparkling GAA is his second-best
against any one opponent.
While the Sens have struggled lately, Anderson hasn’t
been part of the problem. He did allow five goals to Boston but he’s allowed
just four goals (not including shootouts) in the other two losses in this
streak. The bottom line is that he’s giving his team a chance to win.
Ottawa will likely be without Alfredsson for this contest
but Milan Michalek has been on fire to start the year. He’s already scored nine
goals, which is quite impressive for a guy who’s never tallied more than 26 in
The two teams have already squared off once this season
and the Senators took round one 5-4 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers – and
Lundqvist – blew a 4-1 third period lead to let the Senators come back and
steal it. On the heels of that win, the Sens will be confident in the rematch.
Outlook & NHL Betting Prediction:
This looks like a great spot for both the Rangers and the
under. The total for this game should probably sit at five given how these
teams have labored offensively throughout the season and given how well both
goaltenders play against each opponent.
As far as the side goes, the Rangers are hot right now,
the Senators are cold, Lundqvist has a great track record against Ottawa and
the Rangers have dominated the series at Scotiabank Place. What else do you need
Take the Rangers and the under in this one.
Rangers & Under