Ottawa to Draw First Blood Against Rangers in NHL Playoffs 2nd Round Opener

Dana Lane

Thursday, April 27, 2017 3:01 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 27, 2017 3:01 PM UTC

The Senators played six one-goal games against the Montreal Canadiens in round one, Champion handicapper Dana Lane says that experience in tight games will serve them well in round two.

It would be fair to say that our selections have been spot on over the last five days as we cashed another plus money winner with the Edmonton Oilers last night to push our record over .500 to go along with our overall bankroll climbing over the +20 unit mark.

We’ve had great luck with the dogs so I see little reason to change now as the New York Rangers head to the Canadien Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario for game one of the conference semi-finals, starting at 7:00ET/4:00 PT.  The game can be seen on NBCSN, CBC, and TVN

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For trend players here are a few when considering which side your money will be on.

The Rangers have not been a sharp play when they’ve had some time off.  Over their last 13 games when they’ve had three days or more rest, New York is just 3-10.  Meanwhile, Ottawa has been a dependable 10-4 coming off a win in their last 14 games in this spot.

The Ottawa Senators just keep plugging away as Guy Boucher has his team playing his defensive system to perfection but they also flexed their muscles on the offensive side against Boston in round one. Ottawa finished the series with three players averaging over a point a game (Brassard 1.33, Ryan 1.17, and Karlsson 1.00), while the Rangers didn’t have a single skater over 0.68 points per game.  

Yes, I know, Kevin Klein averaged a point but playing one game doesn’t qualify you in the discussion.

The Rangers leading goal scorer, Chris Kreider, didn’t have a goal in the first round, in fact, Kreider only had one point in six games. 

With so much emphasis put on the Rangers speed and quality of their lines they really will have to show me more from an offensive standpoint before I back them financially no matter how strong they are on the road.

It will be the Senators who will get the victory on home ice in game one.



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