NHL Playoffs Betting: Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers
Tonight the first game in the series between the eighth seed Ottawa Senators take on the first seed New York Rangers. BetDSI Sportsbook current live lines display the Rangers as -165 home favorites over the traveling Senators. You can also wager on who will win the best of seven series with NHL Series Betting which the lines show the Rangers a -225 favorite to the Senators +185 dog odds.
The New York Rangers are led by team captain Ryan Callahan who posted a career high 29 goals while putting a majority of his time on the second line. This year the Rangers made a great acquisition with picking up center Brad Richards as he has provided them with the scorer the scoring depth they needed behind Callahan and Marian Goborik who has 40 goals this season and for the second time in his career.
New York’s defensive top pair consist of Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi who get a lot of work against their opponents top line. Michael Del Zotto who is shuffled between the 2nd and 3rd line leads his teams defense in scoring with 10 goals and 41 total points, he is more of a power play threat. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is a solid candidate for the Vezina Trophy while putting up the best statistics of his career with 39 wins, and 1.97 goals against average.
Captain Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Milan Michalek lead the Senators very effective offense which has ranked fourth in the Eastern conference in scoring. Spezza had a heck of a season with 34 goals and 84 total points. While Alfredsson had 27 goals his highest since putting up 40 in 07-08, and Michalek smashed on his previous career high of 26 goals with 35 on the year.
Erik Karlsson who had a breakout season joined the likes of Paul Coffey, Bobby Orr, and Denis Potvin as the only defenseman to lead all defenders in scoring by more than 20 points with a total of 78 on the season. However the Senators defense has not been great allowing just about as many goals as they scored with only five teams allowing more. Considering the loose D in front of him netminder Craig Anderson has been pretty good with five winning streaks of four or more and 33 wins.
NHL Betting Prediction: The Ottawa Senators have not been the most impressive team this year however they have played the first seed New York Rangers very well all season winning 3 out of 4 including two on the road against them. This makes for a great value on the cinderella Senators going up against Rangers.
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