The Senators missed a chance to take a stranglehold on the series in Game 3, giving the Rangers new life going into Game 4 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The Rangers snatched Game 3, which made for a do-or-die situation for them.
They threw Game 2 away, blowing a 2-goal lead, but came back with their heads on straight at home. They were fortunate enough to be able to shake that choke job off and put together a stellar Game 4. The Rangers won it by a score of 4-1 to get back in the series. Ottawa can still draw within one win of a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
A Rangers’ win would begin a brand new series, knotted up at two games a piece heading back to Ottawa. This likely looks like a long series that goes the distance, which would surprise just about nobody.
The Sens and Rangers played closely in the standings during the regular season, with Ottawa barely edging them out for what amounted to home ice advantage in this series. It may come back to be a crucial weapon in the Senators’ arsenal if this does in fact go to a Game 7.
Right now, though, all eyes are on the ever so important Game 4 at MSG. Last night, the Penguins took a 3-1 series lead over the Washington Capitals without their leader, Sidney Crosby. We had the Penguins as our pick, so no surprise for us there. Hopefully we can get another winning pick on the ice, which would make for our third in a row in as many days. Get our free Senators vs. Rangers Game 4 pick here at The Sports Geek.
Ottawa Senators vs. N.Y. Rangers Game 4 Pick
Henrik Lundqvist turned over a new leaf in this series in Game 3. He coughed up a hairball late in Game 2, but was able to regain his composure and come back strong for the Rangers. Lundqvist stopped 26 shots on 27 attempts by the Senators.
The Rangers hit the Sens hard early, you could tell that they were in major desperation mode. They outshot Ottawa 15-5 en route to a 2-0 lead heading into the 1st intermission. It never developed into a game, as the Rangers opened up a 4-0 lead before the Sens got on the board.
The Senators and Rangers played each other close in the regular season, and this has been a really tight series. The pick in Game 4 comes down to a matter of opinion. You can throw out the statistics and numbers, because all you’re going to find are indicators that will shift you to both sides. With that said, the idea of a 2-2 series going into Game 5 looks pretty attractive. I expect another lockdown performance from Henrik, whose time is running out for a chance at a Stanley Cup. Our Game 4 pick is going to be on the Rangers to win this one in regulation.