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Bet Rangers Senators - Rangers And Senators Push On In Deceptively Close Series

Posted by Don Melrose on 6/5/2014 4:42:08 AM

The New York Rangers clearly outplayed the Ottawa Senators in each of the first two games of the teams' first-round NHL playoff series. Can Ottawa legitimately claim the upper hand?

East Quarters, Game 4: New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators – Wednesday, April 18  

Sports betting line: N/A

Why New York Will Win

When you make an online betting play in an NHL playoff series, you need to trust the team with the more proven goaltender, and that team is the New York Rangers in this match up of the number one and eight seeds in the Eastern Conference. New York's Henrik Lundqvist has been a rock for the Broadway Blues all season long, and he was solid in each of the first two games of this series against Ottawa. One of the reasons Ottawa stole a 3-2 win on Saturday in Game 2 of this series was that the Rangers scored an own goal against Lundqvist. The Senators blindly threw the puck in front of the net from the corner along the boards.

A Ranger defense man, standing in front of Lundqvist in the crease, watched the puck fly at his feet. The puck hit his foot and caromed into the net past a surprised goalie who wasn't expecting such an occurrence.Ottawa badly needed that goal, not only to tie the game at 1-1, but to gain a sense that luck was on its side and that it could parlay a vigorous effort into a successful evening.New York out played Ottawa over the balance of Game 2, bu Ottawa got those few fortunate bounces to go its way, and that made the difference.

Over the long haul of a series, though, the better team usually prevails. Ottawa is going to need more lucky bounces, and the odds suggest that that simply won't happen in Game 4, which is traditionally seen as a pivot point in any best-of-seven-game series that is 2-1 after three games (as this one will be).New York should be seen as the team with the definite upper hand, even if Ottawa was to somehow forge a 2-1 lead in the series with a Game 3 triumph.

Why Ottawa Will Win

When betting on this game, you don’t need to look at the series in full. You only need to look at one game on one night. This game will be played in Ottawa, and regardless of the score in the series, this will be a must-win for the Senators. They will either face pressure to tie the series at 2-2, or they'll face the dire need to go up 3-1 so that they don't have to win another game in New York over the remainder of the series.New York has admittedly been the stronger team through the first two games, but that kind of dynamic in a playoff series often means that the other team will eventually play its best game. If Ottawa plays its best game, it will very likely prevail.

Who Will Win?

It's too hard to ignore the imposing presence of Henrik Lundqvist, matched against Ottawa's distinctly inferior goaltender, Craig Anderson. This will matter at some point. Pick New York.

NHL Betting Pick: New York

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