Ottawa Senators vs. New York Rangers - 2/17/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (27-26-5) at Ottawa Senators (20-27-9)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -125 / New York Rangers +113 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG, TVA
The New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The New York Rangers could use a win here after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Michael Grabner leads New York with 23 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 31 assists and JT Miller has 86 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 126 goals on 1,545 shots faced and Ondrej Pavelec has allowed 37 goals on 412 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in five of their last six games.
USA TODAY Sports
The Ottawa Senators also need a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.6 goals per game and are scoring on 16.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mark Stone leads Ottawa with 18 goals, Erik Karlsson has 34 assists and Mike Hoffman has 181 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 74.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 122 goals on 1,260 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 60 goals on 590 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in six of their last seven games.
The Rangers are 2-9 in their last 11 road games, 2-5 in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-9 in their last 12 overall. The Senators are 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 3-7 in their last 10 Saturday games and 12-28 in their last 40 overall. The Rangers are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Ottawa, the home team is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings and the under is 34-12-11 in the last 57 meetings.
The New York Rangers are simply a mess right now and things seem to get worse whenever they take to the road. The Ottawa Senators have been hit or miss nearly all season long, but they have won four straight at home and the home team has lost just once in the last 10 meetings between these two clubs. I have to side with the Senators on their home ice, even if it's more of a fade from the Rangers than anything else.