The general consensus in sports is that if a team goes down 2-0 in a playoff series, they are more than likely done. That has not been the case in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, as we have had a pair of different series start that way, with both of them now knotted at 2-2. One of those series is the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators match-up.
The Senators blasted out to a 2-0 series lead by winning both their games on home ice, but then went on to lose the next two games in New York. The series now heads back north of the border for a Game 5 that will swing the momentum in one direction or another. This is a crucial game for both teams, and the Rangers would love nothing more than a win that would then allow them to close things out in their own building. It is going to be a tough ask, though, especially given how well the Senators have played at home in this series.
In Depth Analysis On The NHL Game 5 Free Picks New York Rangers At Ottawa Senators
When: Saturday, May 6 at 9:07 PM ET
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa
TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVAS
Live Stream: NHL.TV
NHL Odds: New York Rangers -1½ (+270)
Why bet on the New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are developing a habit of coming from behind this postseason, as they also had to overcome a 2-1 series deficit in their opening round series versus the Montreal Canadiens. So far, they have only dropped a single game in their own building this playoffs, while picking up a pair of wins on the road. They did not have any luck playing in Ottawa during the regular season, and we already know that they are 0 for 2 there this series. Getting back into it by winning at home was great, but it’s only half the battle for the Rangers. If they cannot find a way to win in Ottawa, they will be going no further.
Why bet on the Ottawa Senators
The Senators have spent the largest portion of this season playing with fire, as all of their games prior to the two in New York were decided by a single goal. That luck quickly ran out in the Big Apple, as they went down 4-1 in back to back games. Ottawa looked like no match for that Rangers offense in those two games, and what may be more alarming was that it was a lot of the secondary players for the Rangers doing all the scoring. The Senators had the momentum taken away from them in Games 3 and 4, but they still have home ice advantage on their side. They can get that momentum back by winning at home in Game 5.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think this series will return to the close games that we saw in the first two games in Ottawa, but I think the Rangers might just go in and steal one on Saturday night.