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(48-28-6) New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators (44-24-4)
2017 NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Round 2
NHL Series Odds: Rangers – 145 | Senators +125
NHL Stanley Cup Futures Odds: Rangers +800, Senators +1100
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The Eastern Conference playoffs second round starts on Thursday night with all four teams in action. The first game to drop the puck is between the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators.
These two teams faced off three times in the regular season with the Senators winning two of the match ups.
On paper these teams are two totally different. The Senators win their games because of their offensive power, while the Rangers aren’t great in the offensive zone and that puts a lot of pressure on their goal tending.
This series is going to come down to the match up between the Senators offense against the Rangers defense. The Rangers although they don’t have the home ice actually are the favorites in this series.
These two teams have the lowest odds to win the Stanley Cup between any of the teams left.
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers come into this series as a wildcard qualifier from the Eastern Conference, although if they would have had Henrik Lundqvist for the whole season they might be the team with the home ice advantage in this series.
But they don’t so they can’t be worried about that right now.
The Rangers beat the Montreal Canadians in their first series by a final of four games to two. In the games they won they won because of both ends of the ice, but more the defensive zone.
In their wins they gave up a total of four goals while in their two losses they gave up a total of seven goals.
On the season the defensive zone has been the better end of the ice for the Rangers. They give up 2.6 goals per game which is 12th in the NHL. Lundqvist has 31 wins on the season and a save percentage of 91 percent.
Although he hasn’t had the greatest year for his standards, he still is the King for a reason.
For the Rangers to win this series it’s going to come down to how well the Rangers can score goals. They need to be good in that zone if they want a chance to win.
The Senators are going to get their goals, no matter how well the King plays so they need to be good in the offensive zone.
The Ottawa Senators finished the regular season in second place in the Atlantic division but got home ice in this round by virtue of the Canadians losing their first round series to the Rangers.
In the first round the Senators played the Boston Bruins. Although it only took five games to advance it was a really hard fought season. Four of the five games went to overtime and we could easily be talking about the Boston Bruins being the team taking on the Rangers.
For the Senators it’s all about the offensive zone. They score a ton of goals and it’s a good thing because against the Bruins they also gave up a ton of goals.
In the five games in that series the Senators scored a total of 14 goals. During that same time they also gave up 11 goals.
To win this series they can’t let the Rangers start scoring a bunch of goals. The Rangers aren’t great in the offensive zone, so the Senators can’t make them look that way in this one.
Free New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators Playoff Series Prediction:
I am surprised to see the Rangers favored in this series, because I just don’t see them winning. I think the Senators are too good in the offensive zone and that will be the difference.
I think the Senators will get to the King early in this series and that will really hurt his confidence. I see the Senators winning this series in six.
4* Free NHL Series Betting Pick: Senators +125
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