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Underdog Status Has Not Fazed the Senators

Coming back down to earth – hard – Henrik Lundqvist was awful for the Rangers in Game 2, stopping just 28 of the Senators’ 34 shots, and it’s become abundantly clear that when Handsome Hank doesn’t perform, the Rangers don’t win. They’ll return to New York for Game 3 tonight looking to avoid a three-game hole but given some of the trends, the Sens may have the edge.

SHARK BITES
  • Craig Anderson is 7-2 SU with a .957 save percentage in his last 9 starts at Madison Square Garden.
  • Henrik Lundqvist was 16-13 SU with a .901 save percentage on home ice in the regular season.
  • The Senators' last 8 games have all been decided by exactly 1 goal.

It’s starting to become comical to see the Sens be pegged underdogs every single contest despite proving night in and night out that they are capable of competing with every team in the NHL and especially with these New York Rangers. Ottawa went 16-9 straight up this season against other teams that made the playoffs in the Eastern Conference and they’ve gone 6-1 as a moneyline underdog this postseason.

Underdogs, in general, have been incredible in the playoffs, going 32-21 straight up to this point so I don’t think I’m going too far out on a limb when I say that Ottawa is a great gamble tonight at a line that opened with the Sens as +144 moneyline underdogs.

Craig Anderson is due to steal a game in this series and considering how he’s played in the Big Apple, that could easily happen in Game 3 against a squad that’s scored just six goals in its last three home games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the New York Rangers as -160 favorites earlier today. The over under opened at 5 at MyBookie for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Senators to win this game 3.4-2.4. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Rangers sport a record of 52-30-8 heading into this matchup, while the Ottawa Senators sit at 50-29-11 on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 42-41-7 for the Rangers and 35-50-5 for the Senators. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Ottawa injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 12 (New York Rangers) and the No. 18 (Ottawa Senators) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New York Rangers No. 4-ranked offense (3.07 goals per game) against a Ottawa Senators defense that ranks No. 9 at 2.59 goals per game allowed. The Rangers powerplay has clicked at a 19.22% rate while the Senators have a 80.44% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Ottawa is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Ottawa is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Ottawa is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Ottawa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • NY Rangers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Rangers's last 11 games
  • NY Rangers is 2-12 ATS in its last 14 games at home
  • NY Rangers is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Ottawa at New York, Thursday, May 4th

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