Can the Senators add to early success against Rangers?
By Angelo Montilla
Here are a few NHL betting lines to consider, with odds courtesy of Bovada.
Defense wins championships, or so they say. If that is the case, the Ottawa Senators are in good hands.
With a rock-steady blue-line led by Erik Karlsson, the Senators will look to take a two-game lead in their second round series against the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon in Ottawa.
The Rangers, desperate to get the split and head back to Madison Square Garden tied at a game apiece, enter the contest as -120 favorites on the road. New York struggled to find any offense in the opener and relied far too much on goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who was brilliant in Game 1. The Sens, who have won twice and lost twice on home ice in these playoffs, are intriguing -110 underdogs.
Ranger defenders are giving up far too many shots — 35.6 per game — and that has put extra pressure on King Henrik to keep the club in the contest.
Betting the total for Game 2? Eight of the last 10 meetings between these clubs have produced under outcomes. Expect that trend to continue on Saturday as Bovada’s set a line of 5. The Senators will take Game 2 and head to New York in complete control.
Pick: Ottawa Senators (-110) and the under (5)
We’ve seen this movie play out in the past: Sidney Crosby defeating Alexander Ovechkin in the playoffs and the Capitals failing to make it out of the second round.
It’s far too early to determine the climax of this series, but another Washington loss on Saturday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and things could get pretty ugly for Caps Nation.
The Pens can take a two-game lead when they visit the Verizon Center for Game 2 where the Capitals enter as the -150 home ice favorites. Pittsburgh head to D.C. as appealing +120 underdogs after taking Game 1 by a score of 3-2.
Capitals defenders may want to zero in on Crosby, who has nine points in six post-season games. Sid the Kid has showed no signs of slowing down either.
The head-to-head history over the last 10 matches has been all Pittsburgh, defeating Washington seven times during that span — including two straight victories.
Both of these clubs aren’t shy about opening things up, which is why you should take the over on Bovada’s total goals projection of 5.5 for Saturday’s match. Looks for the Capitals to even the series in a high-scoring affair.
Pick: Washington Capitals (-150) and the over (5.5)