Rangers vs. Senators Game 5 Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, this game is considered even, as both the Senators and the Rangers are listed with odds of -110 to win today. The over/under total for the game is set at 5 goals.
The Rangers picked up another 4-1 win in Game 4 on Thursday night to even the series at 2-2. The home team is 4-0 in this series and has won the last six meetings between these two teams. New York is now 54-30-8 overall and 29-13-4 on the road. Ottawa is 50-31-11 overall and 25-12-9 at home.
New York dominated Game 4, establishing a 4-0 lead before the Senators got a goal in the later stages of the contest. Oscar Lindberg scored twice for the Rangers while Nick Holden and Chris Kreider also found the net. New York had a 30-23 edge in shots in the win as well. The tail end of the game saw a lot of fighting and the two teams actually combined for 92 penalty minutes.
The home team has been the play all series, but I still feel like the Rangers are the better team. New York won handily in the two games at home and lost by just one goal each in games 1 and 2. The Senators were forced to pull Craig Anderson in Game 4, so his confidence should be shaken. Henrik Lundqvist remains a steady presence in net for the Rangers and he should give New York a chance to win today. The key will be for the Rangers maintain their high output of shots now that they are on the road.
NHL PLAYOFFS PREDICTION: NEW YORK RANGERS -110