The pressure level is high in every single NHL playoff game, but it gets all the higher when a team goes into a game on the brink of elimination. Every player in this league starts the season with the dream of hoisting the Stanley Cup when all is said and done, but the vast majority of them will not get to do so. Tuesday night may well prove to be when the players on the New York Rangers have their chance of Stanley Cup success ripped away from them, as they will be heading home down 3-2 in their second round series against the Ottawa Senators.
This has been a fun series to watch, and has been one where the home team has managed to hold serve throughout. Since that is generally how things have gone with these two teams in regular season meetings, we should not be too surprised that the series has followed the path that it has. Can the Rangers force a Game 7, or will the Senators find a way to get the win on the road?
A Closer Look At The NHL Game 6 Expert Picks Senators At Rangers
When: Tuesday, May 9 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
This postseason has been a wild ride for the Senators and their fans, but certainly not one for the faint of heart. 6 of the 11 games that the Senators have played so far have gone to OT, with a total of 9 games in their two series being decided by a single goal. This is a team that appears to thrive by playing on the edge, and while this type of play tends to catch up with you in the end, the Senators are riding their luck a lot longer than most hockey fans expected. While the regular season series between these two was close, it was the Senators who were the only team able to get a win on the road. One more of those and they will be heading to the Eastern Conference Final.
Why bet on the New York Rangers
The Rangers looked as though they had taken a stranglehold on this series with back to back 4-1 wins on home ice to get things back to 2-2, but they immediately handed the momentum back to the Senators by losing Game 5. Even if they are able to get the win on Tuesday night, they are still going to need to figure out a way to get a win in Ottawa, which is something that they have not been able to do all year. It’s one game at a time for New York, and they will take comfort in the fact that they have won all their home games in this second round series.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This series has been somewhat predictable in that the home team has been able to get the job done in each of the first 5 games. I think we are going the distance here, as I like the Rangers to get the win in this one.