The Rangers are mired in a three-game skid and will try to turn things around in Ottawa on Wednesday night. Let’s review the NHL odds and analyze this matchup as we look to keep cashing our NHL picks.
New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – 07:00 PM EST at Canadian Tire Centre
Rangers Struggling to Hold a Lead
The Blueshirts have dropped their last three including a 5-3 loss to the high-flying Devils on Monday night in front of the fan friendlies at Madison Square Garden. Things looked promising at the outset when Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad lit the lamp within the first three minutes of the game.
But everything went downhill after that as the Devils regrouped and scored four unanswered goals before Vincent Trocheck buried the biscuit with a power play goal in the third period to bring New York to within a goal. However, any hope of a rally was extinguished when New Jersey put the game on ice with an empty netter to claim a 5-3 victory.
It was the second consecutive game in which the Rangers squandered an early lead. Two days earlier New York built a 3-0 advantage over the Oilers only to see Edmonton respond with four third-period goals resulting in a 4-3 victory over their Broadway hosts.
After their latest loss, Rangers’ defenseman Ryan Lindgren said, “When one thing goes wrong it starts to snowball on us. We keep saying we have to play a full 60. You can't keep talking about it, you have to go out and do it."
Senators Edge Kings in OT
Not much was expected from the Senators this year after an underwhelming 2021-2022 campaign, and so far, they’ve lived up to those not-so-lofty expectations with an 8-12-1 record after the first quarter of the season.
However, if you are looking for a silver lining, the Sens have won two straight and are looking to make it three on Wednesday night. After crushing the Ducks 5-1 on Friday, Ottawa came through again on their last leg of a four-game West Coast swing with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Kings as +144 road dogs.
Brady Tkachuk tallied his 9th goal of the season to start things off in the opening period before the Kings tied it at one apiece in the second. Alex DeBrincat would break the tie with a power play goal but that was quickly erased when LA countered five minutes later.
After a scoreless third period, the game went into overtime and only 20 seconds in Claude Giroux skated to a clean breakaway and beat Jonathan Quick for his 9th goal of the season in claiming the 3-2 OT win. Ottawa worked for the victory, outshooting the Kings, 39-27, while goalie Cam Talbot stopped 25 of LA’s 27 shots.
“When you play well, and you look after the game and you’re happy with your game but you didn’t get the result, it’s easy to go off page and start doing your own thing," Giroux said. "But it’s good to know that we played the way we wanted to tonight and we have the result, so we know it works.”
- Under is 4-1 in the Rangers’ last 5 road games.
- Under is 7-2 in the Rangers’ last 9 vs. Atlantic.
- Under is 8-0 in the Senators’ last 8 overall.
- Under is 5-0 in the Senators’ last 5 games following a win.
- Under is 4-0 in the Senators’ last 4 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Under is 5-1 in the Senators’ last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Rangers vs. Senators: Pick and Prediction
These teams have yet to meet this season but the Rangers have won the last three meetings and the New York betting sites are installing the Blueshirts as anywhere from -115 to -125 favorites. And as hopeful as Senators’ fans are that their modest winning streak will continue, I beg to differ.
Although the Rangers have not been scoring in bunches this season, as evidenced by their 3.0 goals per game average, they do have the talent to get more out of their second and third lines.
We can assume New York will have the talented Igor Shesterkin tending the twine on Wednesday night and he will be a huge obstacle for the Senators to hurdle. This will likely be a game played in and around the neutral zone as neither team has demonstrated the ability to routinely control play in the offensive zone.
Nevertheless, I suspect we will see the Rangers break free of the funk that has seen them watch leads melt away after establishing an early advantage. The Senators are not a team that can will their way to a victory on sheer talent alone and I see the trend continuing where New York skates away with another victory against an overmatched Ottawa crew.
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