New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Oct 22, 2021

It's a matinee in the nation's capital, as the Ottawa Senators play host to the New York Rangers.

NY Rangers
15-4-3
AT
October 23, 2021, 1:00 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
5-15-1
Puckline -1.5 +168
Moneyline -136
Over / Under o +6

69%

Betting Action

31%

Puckline +1.5 -202
Moneyline +113
Over / Under u +6

69%

Betting Action

31%

The Ottawa Senators are set to host an early Saturday afternoon start when they welcome the New York Rangers to the Canadian Tire Centre.  The Sens are an even 2-2 on the year, while the Rangers are a game above .500 at 3-2.

New York opened as a -164 favourite to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 6.0.

Rangers vs. Senators NHL Betting Odds

It’s been almost two full years since these teams last met, with the Senators coming out on top in a 4-1 home win in November 2019.  Ottawa has won four of the last five meetings, while the Over has only hit once in that span.

The Rangers have struggled heavily in Ottawa, where they’ve dropped nine of their last 10 games.  They’ve also lost four of their last five games overall against the Sens.  New York has covered in three of four road games this year.  They’ve failed to hit the Over in five total games.

Ottawa has been very comfortable at the Canadian Tire Centre, as they’ve won seven of their last eight home games, dating back to last season.  They’re an even 2-2 against the spread this season and they’ve failed to hit the Over in four total games.

New York Rangers

The Rangers are riding high after a 3-1 win in Nashville on Thursday.  Alexis Lafreniere potted his second goal of the season in the win, while Filip Chytil and Barclay Goodrow each netted their first.  Offence has been an early issue for New York this year, as Lafreniere and Chris Kreider (three goals) are the only players with multiple goals and the team is 24th in average goals per game with 2.20.  On the flip side, they also average 2.20 goals per game against, which is sixth-best in the league.  Mika Zibanejad leads the team offensively, with five points (1G, 4A) in five games.

Igor Shesterkin should get the start in net for New York.  Shesterkin has allowed a total of three goals in three road games this year and is 3-0-1 overall, with a 1.47 goals-against average and .953 save percentage.  This will be his first career start against the Senators, but he comes in with a 14-8 career road record, posting a 2.30 GAA in those games.

Ottawa Senators

Ottawa has been a bit inconsistent through the early part of the year, although they weren’t expected to be a playoff team anyway.  They’ve been off the ice since a 2-1 home loss to San Jose on Thursday.  Drake Batherson‘s first goal of the year was the lone marker for the Sens.  After finishing 20th in the league in goals per game last season, Ottawa now sits at 29th this year, averaging 2.00 goals per contest.  Only Chicago (1.80) and Montreal (0.80) have scored less.  One major improvement from last year has come on the defensive side of the puck.  They allowed 3.40 goals per game last season, which was 28th in the league, but they’ve jumped to ninth early on, averaging 2.25 goals-against.

Matt Murray is expected to get his second start of the year on Saturday.  Murray stopped 22 of 24 shots against the Sharks in his season debut.  The two-time Stanley Cup champion struggled in his first season with Ottawa last year, posting a 10-14 record with a 3.38 GAA and .893 SV.  In his career against New York, Murray is 6-2 with a 2.58 GAA.

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