Sometimes in the NHL playoffs, you get a series where you wonder which team is going to blink first. This happens when both teams win their home games, which tends to put the onus on the team without home ice advantage, as they are the one that needs to find a way to pick up a win on the road. Through the opening 3 games of the series between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Rangers, it has been the home team that has come away with the win.
This isn’t really much of a surprise given that 4 of the last 5 regular season meetings between these two has ended with the home team getting the win. The lone exception came earlier this season when the Senators skated into the Big Apple and came away with a 2-0 win. If they can get the win in Game 4 on Thursday night, they will take a 3-1 series lead and push the Rangers to the brink of elimination. To say that this is a must win for New York is putting things rather mildly, as their postseason lives may depend on it.
Here’s A Closer Look At The NHL Game 4 Free Picks For Ottawa Senators At New York Rangers
When: Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 PM EST
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York
TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Live Stream: NHL.TV
NHL Odds: New York Rangers -1½ (+175)
Why bet on the Ottawa Senators
If you need any proof that the Senators can get the win on the road, just look at what they did in the opening round series versus the Boston Bruins. The Senators lost a couple of games at home, but also managed to pick up 3 road wins in Boston. They got this series off to the perfect start by winning both of their games in their own building, and now have the opportunity to take this series by the scruff of the neck if they can pick up a road win at MSG. They have only managed to win there once in their last three visits, but that one came earlier this season, and was won in a similar style to that which they have been playing in the postseason.
Why bet on the New York Rangers
The Rangers have finally come to life on the offensive side of the ice, scoring 9 goals in their last two games versus the Senators. The problem here is that despite that offensive outburst, they still only managed to win one of those two games. New York have been good defensively throughout the postseason, but their Game 2 collapse, which saw them lose 6-5 in OT, was totally uncharacteristic. They did get back to a better defensive brand of hockey in their own building, picking up a 4-1 win in Game 3, and they are going to need more of the same if they want to even up this series.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
We have seen two very different Rangers performances in the last two games, and it’s tough to know which one we will see in Game 4. This should be a tight one, but I have a feeling that the Senators will prevail.