The Ottawa Senators arrive in NYC after two losses in a row on the road against the Wild and Stars. They finished a three-game homestand with a loss, so they are on a three-game losing streak heading into their tilt with the Rangers. Is there any secret what has been plaguing the Senators this season? The players know it, managers are aware, and fans certainly see from the product they are putting out on the ice.
Their struggles defensively have been well documented this season, as well as from the chatter between players in that Uber video. They were essentially mocking how bad their defence and penalty kill is. It hasn’t gotten any better and they’ve looked like a junior team on defence in their most recent action. In any case, the Senators are hanging on for a 9-11-3 record despite allowing a league high in goals. We’ll see if they can flirt with .500 for very much longer.
The loss of Erik Karlsson without a doubt stings. They just can’t replace a player of his calibre easily. He knew it and that’s why he will be going after the big bucks when he’s an unrestricted free agent following this season. It was nice to rid the aroma of drama between him and Mike Hoffman, but they lost a heck of a player as well.
The Rangers enter Monday night on a two-game losing streak, so one skid will end tonight at MSG. In their most recent effort, the Rangers were tripped up by a score of 5-3. This was following a run of five wins in six games for the Rangers. They go into tonight with a record of 12-10-2. Not bad for a team who are in the midst of transitioning and rebuilding. Get our free Senators vs. Rangers pick below.
Ottawa Senators vs. N.Y. Rangers Pick
While the Rangers are rebuilding, there is one guy who wants to stick in New York through the process. Henrik Lundqvist has never requested a trade to a contender. In fact, on the contrary, he has indicated he wants to stay here. Considering what he has done for the organization, it’s hard to imagine that they will blindside him and trade him at the deadline. The 31-year-old Mats Zuccarello is likely out and going to a contender at the trade deadline, though.
Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad will attract attention from potential suitors as well. Kreider leads the team with 20 points and Zibanejad is 2nd with 19. They will look to take advantage of a defensive unit of the Sens who has gotten torched for 4.35 goals per game. The next closest is the Panthers with 3.65 goals allowed. Ugly, ugly.
If you want even uglier, the Sens have surrendered an embarrassing 5.4 goals per game on the road. In their last three games away from Kanata, the Senators have given up a whopping 17 goals. Conversely, on the other side, the Rangers have been terrific at home defensively. They’ve been sharp with just 2.15 goals allowed per game, while scoring 2.92 for a record of 9-4-0. Meanwhile, Ottawa have soiled their pants with a mark of 2-7-1 on the road. I would ride with the Rangers to get the job done at MSG on Monday evening in New York.