Rangers & Senators Set to Kick Off Online NHL Betting SeriesPosted by: Mike Davis
The online NHL betting playoffs are kicking off once more. We had to endure a little bit of a hockey-less hiatus, but now those who bet on NHL can rejoice as the hockey playoffs are picking up right where they left off. It’s been a bit of unpredictable ride so far, and with so many unexpected turns, dubiety has become the norm for those making predictions in this year’s postseason. On one hand, correctly predicting an unforeseeable has a huge upside. But at the same time, unpredictability makes it much more risky to side with the favorite at the sportsbook.
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Thursday will feature two games as 4 teams begin round 2 of the NHL betting playoffs. Earlier on in the night, bettors can tune in for the matchup between the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators, followed by an intense contest between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Both contests will be extremely intriguing, but some fans might be more inclined to tune in for the contest involving the reigning champs. Nevertheless, the matchup featuring the Rangers and Senators should be just as competitive.
Game 1 – New York Rangers vs. Ottawa Senators – April 27th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa
Series: First of Best of 7
Hockey Playoff Odds:
New York Rangers -1 ½ (+260) 5 (+105) -115
Ottawa Senators +1 ½ (-320) 5 (-125) -105
New York Rangers
The Rangers had no problem matching last year’s success and turned in a 48-28-6 record this year. That record paved the way to a 4th place finish in the Metropolitan Division (due to how competitive Metropolitan was this season) and a 5th place finish in the Eastern Conference. The Rangers enter this contest as slight online NHL betting underdogs.
To start things off in this year’s postseason, the Rangers faced off against the Montreal Canadiens – the No. 1 seed from the Atlantic Division. New York entered that contest as heavy underdogs, but despite most hockey betting sites’ expectations, the Rangers were able to advance past the Canadiens 4 games to 2. New York finished the regular season with the league’s 4th best offense and 12th best defense.
The Senators made a sizable improvement this year, getting more victories and finishing the regular season with a 44-28-10 record. Additionally, the Senators were able to finish 2nd in the Atlantic Division and 6th in the Eastern Conference.
The Senators faced the Boston Bruins in the opening round but were able to usurp the Bruins in 6 games, 4-2. This marked the first series that Ottawa has won since 2013 and there’s no doubt that the Senators will be looking to keep the good times rolling. Ottawa finished the regular season with the league’s 22nd worst offense, but 10th best defense.