Two clubs facing each other for the second time this year, the New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators take the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for an Eastern Conference showdown. This one will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 13 and it is being shown live on Sportsnet.
New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators Odds
New York is 16-14 straight up (SU) and has lost 0.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 18 of its games have gone over the total, while 10 have gone under and just two have pushed. This 2017-18 Rangers team is 4-6 SU on the road.
New York has converted on 20.2 percent of its power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for 10th-best in the league. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 10th overall, and it has successfully killed off 82.5 percent of its penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Broadway Blueshirts have been penalized just 3.7 times per game overall this season, 3.2 per game over its last five outings total, and 4.0 per game over its last five games as the visiting team. The team has been forced to kill penalties just 7.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
With a .916 save percentage and 27.6 saves per game, Henrik Lundqvist (14-11-2) has been the best option in goal for New York this season. If it decides to rest him, however, head coach Alain Vigneault could go with Ondrej Pavelec (2-6-1), who has a .914 save percentage and 3.04 goals against average this year.
Mats Zuccarello and J.T. Miller will both spearhead the attack for the visiting Rangers. Zuccarello has 24 points on seven goals and 17 assists, and has recorded two or more points in six different games. Miller has four goals and 18 assists to his name, and has registered a point in 16 games.
Ottawa is 9-20 straight up (SU) and has lost 13.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. Through 29 regular season outings, 15 of its games have gone over the total, while 13 have gone under and none have pushed. It’s 4-10 SU at home this year.
The Senators have converted on just 15.6 percent of their power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 29th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 76.5 percent of all penalties.
Senators players have been sent to the penalty box only 3.6 times per game in total this season, 4.2 per game over their last five games total, and 4.2 per game over their last five home outings. The teams had to kill penalties 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Craig Anderson has stopped 24.5 shots per game as the top selection in goal for the Senators. Anderson has eight wins, 14 losses, and three OT losses to his name and has recorded a subpar .895 save percentage and 3.11 goals against average this year.
The home team will be led on offense by Mark Stone (14 goals, 12 assists).
New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Under
- New York is 1-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while Ottawa is 1-4 in shootouts.
- The under has hit in three of Ottawa’s last five games.
- Ottawa has averaged 2.7 goals per game overall this year, but is averaging 1.0 goal per matchup over its five-game losing streak.
- Over New York’s last ten games, five of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-1 in those games).
- The Senators this season have tallied the 11th-most hits per game (22.4).