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Senators vs Rangers NHL Point Spread Odds And Prediction

Senators vs Rangers NHL Point Spread Odds And Prediction

End Of An Era Coming For Both Teams

This will be the last time these incarnations of both franchises meet as significant changes will be coming to the Sens and Rangers by the time the February 28th trade deadline hits. That makes the rest of the games during the next 10 days or so tough emotionally for the guys in the locker room as the business aspect of this game takes center stage and guys find themselves thinking more about their individual futures rather then the immediate future of their team. But the home team has dominated this rivalry of late with nine of the last 10 meetings going to the home team, so history is on the side of the Ottawa Senators here.

The problem with handicapping a game like this is the notion of figuring out motivation on either side is rather touhg because of the trade deadline looming. Guys on both sides know some big names in their dressing room will get moved, and it becomes just a matter of where and when. Heck, trades could happen just prior to this contest with guys becoming late scratches and the like, so make sure you keep an eye on the announced starting rosters and which goalie will be between the pipes for both sides here.

My Team's Next MatchOttawa Senators

New York Rangers Vs Ottawa Senators Odds

New York (-105) Vs Ottawa (-115): Total: 5.5

In the two previous meetings between these two teams this year the home team has gone a perfect 2-0 SU, while both games stayed under their respective total. That was a bit of a turn from the playoff series they had a year ago when each of the last four games had at least five total goals scored, but the home team did win three of those four as well, so for whatever reason home ice seems to matter when these two teams hook up. With Saturday's game being an afternoon affair as well, screwing up the normal body clock routine for both sides, it's the Rangers that have to fit in some travel in their as well, so it is surprising to see this line near the pick'em range.

New York Vs Ottawa Selection: Ottawa ML (-115)

When it comes right down too it, it's tough to ignore the advantage the home side has had in this series history and with the Senators playing "better" - and I say that very loosely - hockey at the moment with a 5-3 SU record in their last eight while New York is 2-6 SU in their last eight games overall. Neither of those numbers exudes a tremendous amount of confidence in either side, but with no travel needed for Ottawa prior to this one and the Rangers ending a four-game road trip with numerous guys heading home to pack their things for good, I've got to side with the home side here.

New York is just 2-9 SU in their last 11 games on the road overall, and a 1-6 SU run after scoring two goals or less in their last outing isn't encouraging either. New York's defense continues to be hampered by injuries, and with a 0-6 SU run going in their last six trips to Ottawa, the Rangers have the look of the team to bet against here.

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