The Ottawa Senators will try to eliminate the visiting New York Rangers tonight, Monday April 23rd, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals. The Senators lead the best of seven series 3-2. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Rangers as -115 moneyline road favorites over the Senators (+105) with the over/under set at 5 goals. Be sure to check the New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators Game 6 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
New Yorks goalie Henrik Lundqvist did all he could in Game 5 for the Rangers with 27 saves on 28 shots, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Rangers from losing the pivotal contest. They now sit on the brink of elimination. The Rangers will gladly welcome Carl Hagelin back to the lineup for Game 6, now that Hagelin has served his three-game suspension for a hit on Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson in Game 2. After spending the last three games without him, Richards and Marian Gaborik will presumably have Hagelin back alongside them on the Rangers’ top line, with the young winger hoping to continue the success he had with the Blueshirts’ top two offensive threats down the stretch. “I’m just gonna try to do my job,” Hagelin said. “Get on pucks, use my speed.
The Rangers have not scored an even-strength goal in 135:17. They have scored two goals at even-strength in the last 259:30, both scored by Boyle. Ridiculous. Michael Del Zotto hasn’t been able to spring Gaborik, the Rangers haven’t been able to create through the neutral zone and they haven’t been strong enough on the puck in the areas they dominated during the regular season by being more desperate, by being more hungry. The Rangers lost one of their own players to a concussion in Game 5, as Brian Boyle suffered a head injury after taking a big hit from Ottawa’s Chris Neil. Boyle, who has three goals in this series, will not play tonight and Neil will not face a suspension for the hit.
Ottawa has taken the last two meetings to grab a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers, who entered this postseason as the top seed in the East for the first time since they won their last Stanley Cup title in 1994. The Senators used a magnificent performance from goaltender Craig Anderson to take Saturday’s Game 5 in New York City. Anderson posted 41 saves for his first shutout of these playoffs and Jason Spezza scored twice to help Ottawa claim a 2-0 decision at Madison Square Garden.
The Ottawa Senators will have Daniel Alfredsson back in the lineup tonight. Alfredsson skated on the second line at practice on Monday and will play after he suffered a concussion in Game 2 of the series in New York.
The Bottom Line: I’d like the Rangers to force a game 7, but I think the Sens will take the cake tonight. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NHL Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NHL Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Under is 2-0-3 in the last 5 meetings in Ottawa.
Rangers are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Ottawa.
Under is 37-15-6 in the last 58 meetings.
Rangers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings.
Road team is 20-7 in the last 27 meetings.
Senators are 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game.
Senators are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Senators are 11-4 in their last 15 games as an underdog.
Rangers are 13-3 in their last 16 Monday games.
Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 road games.
Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators
When: Monday, April 23rd@7:00 PM EST
Pick: Rangers -115
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