The New York Rangers come in off a huge 6-3 home win over St Louis on Thursday night, which was their 7th win in a row, while the Ottawa Senators snapped a two game losing streak with a 3-2 home win over Vancouver.
New York Rangers (12-2-1 SU, 11-5 PL, 4-8-4 OU) vs Ottawa Senators (8-5-1-2 SU, 5-11 PL, 7-9 OU)
Odds: NY Rangers -120
Rangers Rout Blues For 7th Win In A Row
It was a big game between two hot teams and the Rangers came out on top. They started quick with a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back on their way to the 6-3 win. Mats Zuccarello had his team leading 8th goal of the year in the win, while Derek Stepan and Rick Nash each had two assists in the game. It was a very efficient offensive display for the Rangers as they got off just 22 shots on the Blues and scored six goals. The Rangers first three goals were on just five shots and vs Jake Allen, who had thrown two shutouts in a row.
Henrik Lundqvist didn’t have a great game as he allowed three goals on 34 shots, but thanks to the offense is was good enough for the win. Lundqvist is now 9-4 with a 1.76 GAA on the year. Should he start this game he is 13-19 with a 2.16 GAA in his career vs the Senators. The win now has the Rangers just two points behind Montreal in the Eastern Conference.
Erik Karlsson Leads Sens To Win Over Canucks
The Ottawa Senators picked up a nice home win over the Canucks on Tuesday night and are now in second place in the Atlantic behind the Montreal Canadiens. With the score tied at one goal apiece in the 2nd period, it was Erik Karlsson’s goal that put them ahead for good. He also had an assist in the game as well. The goal was just his second the year, while the assist was his 14th. His 16 total points leads the team.
Getting the win in goal was Andrew Hammond, who stopped 35 Canuck shots in the game. He is now 2-2 with a 2.42 GAA on the year. Craig Anderson should be back in goal for this on and he is 6-5 with a 3.12 GAA on the year, while vs the Rangers he is 7-6 with a 2.01 GAA in his career. Ottawa is a solid offensive club as they rank 7th in the league in scoring, putting up 2.9 gpg, while at the defensive end they have struggled, allowing 3.1 gpg, which is good for 26th in the league.
23-8 in their last 31 road games vs. a team with a home winning percentage of less than .400
11-4 in the last 15 meetings in Ottawa
18-38 in their last 56 when their opponent scores five goals or more in their previous game
Host is 7-20 the last 27 in the series
The Rangers are clearly the better team here, and I find it interesting that the current NHL odds are not offering them at a steeper price. New York has played very well in this series, plus the home team has struggled of late when these teams hook up. The Rangers have a seven game win streak coming in and are off an easy win over St Louis, while the Sens have been a better team on the road than at home this year. Back New York with your NHL picks this afternoon as the Rangers flex their muscles once again.
Free NHL Pick: Rangers -125 at 5Dimes