New York Rangers (36-29-4) at Ottawa Senators (28-26-13)
|Date & Time||Tuesday March 18, 2014, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators +100 / New York Rangers -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Rangers look to firm their grasp on the eighth seed in the East with a win on the road against the Senators who are struggling to stay afloat.
The Rangers seem to be backing their way in towards the postseason with a 4-5-1 mark in their last 10 games overall but a trip to Ottawa could be what the doctor ordered for the Blue Shirts who look to jump up the standings. New York is always considered a threat in the Eastern Conference but they have gone relatively unnoticed this season as the top teams in the league that have stolen most of the headlines reside in the West and in Boston. Another factor could be the replacement of John Tortorella who is now in Vancouver while former Canucks boss Alain Vigneault is behind the New York bench and has done a pretty good job at staying quiet. Henrik Lundqvist will look for another victory here tonight as he goes up against Craig Anderson.
There is very rarely a time when one regular season game can define an entire campaign but I think we may have found that when Ottawa dropped a 5-4 decision to the Montreal Canadiens last weekend. Ottawa had been struggling mightily but looked as though they were going to rebound with a must win on the road against the Habs but a massive collapse spelled the end of their upset bid and possibly their season in one foul swoop. Ottawa hasn’t been very good at home this season and to me they’re not a playoff caliber team and even less so when they have Robin Lehner between the pipes. It looks as though we will see Craig Anderson here and while he gives the Sens the best chance to win I don’t see it here as New York gets the win.