Rangers vs. Senators Prediction: NHL Betting Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Nov 28, 2018

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Rebuild? What rebuild? The New York Rangers sit three points back of the Metropolitan Division lead as they battle with the Senators for the second time this week.

NY Rangers
32-36-9-5
AT
November 29, 2018, 7:30 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
29-47-5-1
Puckline +1.5 -255
Moneyline +100
Over / Under o +6.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

Puckline -1.5 +205
Moneyline -120
Over / Under u +6.5

56%

Betting Action

44%

Off a disappointing road trip, the Ottawa Senators start a quick two-game homestand by hosting the New York Rangers in the second game against the Original Six club this week.

Rangers vs Senators Betting Analysis

This is the second of three meetings between the Senators and Rangers. Ottawa heads back to Madison Square Garden on April 3 – by then, both could long eliminated from playoff contention.

The Rangers actually have been better than expected as they instituted a full-blown rebuild after finishing dead last in the Metropolitan Division a season ago with 77 points. It was the first time the franchise missed the playoffs since 2009-10 and was its fewest points in an 82-game season since 2000-01. It cost former Canadiens and Canucks coach Alain Vigneault his job.

New York hired David Quinn from NCAA powerhouse Boston University because the Rangers were going with a youth movement and Quinn obviously was used to dealing with younger players. Quinn has done a fabulous job in his first NHL stint. More and more franchises are looking to the NCAA ranks for coaches.

Ottawa won both home games vs. the Rangers last year by scores of 3-2 and 6-3. The Sens also won the lone regular-season home matchup in the 2016-17 season and all three playoff games at home, knocking out the Blueshirts in six to reach the East Finals.

The home team is 13-3 in the past 16 meetings.

New York Rangers

New York has been off since stopping a two-game losing streak on Monday with a 4-2 victory over Ottawa. Future Hall of Famer Henrik Lundqvist – one of few veterans still around – was the No. 1 star with 29 saves. The Swede is 9-7-2 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .921 save percentage on the season. Marc Staal, Lias Andersson, Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad scored. Kreider has nine goals and five assists since Oct. 30, in which the Rangers are 10-3-1. He’s tied for the team lead 21 points (13G, 8A) overall. Zibanejad also has 21 (8G, 13A) as the 25-year-old is on pace for a career year. Winger Mats Zuccarello (3G, 7A) missed his second straight game with a groin injury.

Ottawa Senators

The Senators avoided a winless four-game trip with a 4-3 upset win in Philadelphia on Tuesday in the second of a back-to-back. No. 2 netminder Mike McKenna, 35, got his first start in a while and allowed three goals on 33 shots to get his first victory of 2018 and just seventh career in the NHL. Brady Tkachuk was the best player on the ice and the No. 1 star with two goals and an assist. He made it 3-2 at 11:32 of the third and then tied it at 13:26. Matt Duchene won it unassisted with his 11th goal of the year at 17:01. Blueliner Mark Borowiecki (undisclosed) missed a third straight game due to injury and has been placed on injured reserve.

Rangers vs. Senators Prediction

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