Rangers Looking to Snap Losing Streak
It has been a bit of a rocky start to the season for a New York Rangers team that was expected to be among the best teams in the Eastern Conference this season.
The Rangers are currently two points out of the final playoff spot in the conference and their struggles in winning close games is one of the issues. The Rangers have won just one of the five games that headed to overtime and are 3-3-4 in one-goal games.
Ottawa had mixed results in a four-game road trip out west, being held to one goal in each of the first two games before scoring eight times in wins over Anaheim and Los Angeles to finish the trip 2-2.
Ottawa is one of four Eastern Conference teams with a losing record at home while New York has a better record on the road (6-4-1) than at home (4-5-3). Both teams are averaging less than three goals per game during the month of November.
According to the NHL playoff odds, the Rangers (+2000) are tied for 10th in the odds to win the Stanley Cup. The Senators are well back at +15000.
Power Shortage for the Rangers
The good news in a 5-3 loss to rival New Jersey is that for the first time in five games, the Rangers scored on the power play. New York was 0-for-10 with the man advantage in the previous four games and in a win over Los Angeles, the Rangers didn’t draw a power play.
The ability to thrive on special teams played a key role in last season’s success. However, the Rangers are just 24th in the NHL in power-play percentage in November, scoring on 19% of their power plays. The penalty killing has been pretty solid, although a power-play goal by Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl with 2:02 remaining cost the Rangers a recent game against the Oilers.
Chris Kreider had 26 power-play goals and Artemi Panarin 32 assists on the power-play last season. Kreider is on pace for 14 power-play goals.
The Rangers are 9-9-3 when listed by the Las Vegas odds as the favorite.
Scoop on Free Play from the Locker Room
Stutzle Heating Up
There was a lot of pressure on former third overall pick Tim Stutzle, especially after fellow forward Josh Norris suffered a shoulder injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season.
He is living up to the expectations with points in seven of the last eight games. After opening November by being held with a point or even a shot on goal in a loss to Tampa Bay, Stutzle has at least two points in six of the last 12 games. Stutzle has three goals and four assists in Ottawa’s four wins in November with two goals and five assists in the nine losses.
He is getting plenty of opportunities to produce as he is tied for 12th among forwards in time on ice in November. He is one of five forwards to be on the ice for at least four minutes on the power play and one minute on the penalty kill during the month.
Coming off a season with career highs of 22 goals and 58 points, he is on pace for 31 goals and 85 points this season. He isn’t doing it alone. Former Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux had the game-winning goal in overtime in Sunday’s win against Los Angeles.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) November 28, 2022
The NHL betting lines total has gone under in five of the last six games for the Senators.
Rangers vs Senators Injuries
Rangers vs Senators Head-to-Head
The Rangers have won the last three games against Ottawa as they swept the 2021-22 season series. Ottawa was outscored 10-4 in those games.
Three of the last seven games between the teams in Ottawa have been decided by one goal, with just one of the last nine meetings going over the total.
Chris Kreider scored three times and Artemi Panarin had six points in the three games against Ottawa last season while Igor Shesterkin stopped 50 of 52 shots in the two games he appeared in.
Two of the four goal scorers for Ottawa won’t play in the game, with Josh Norris and Nick Paul now with Tampa Bay.
Rangers vs Senators Game Information
- Game: Rangers (10-9-4) vs Senators 8-12-1
- Location: Canadian Tire Center, Ottawa
- Day/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. ET
- Rangers vs Senators Live stream: NHL.TV
Rangers vs Senators Betting Lines
Rangers vs Senators Picks & Prediction
Even though the Rangers lost the last time out, it was encouraging that defensemen Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren played 30:02 and 19:42, respectively, after being considered questionable coming into the game.
The game has a total of 6½ and three of the last four games in the series with a 6½-goal total finished under that number.
The total has gone under in four of the Rangers’ last five road games. While results have been hard to come by recently for the Rangers, this is a good time for New York to reverse that trend.
The New York Rangers are listed at -130 in our Vegas NHL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Rangers, you have a chance to win $77. The Ottawa Senators are +110, offering a chance to win $110 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives New York Rangers a 56.52% chance to win, with Ottawa Senators at 47.62%.