Sports Betting Overview
There is no reason for the Ottawa Senators to hang their heads after the betting season the team has had. Last season, the Senators were less than an afterthought in the hunt for the NHL Odds playoffs. This season, the Senators were always in the playoff race and always a factor in the Eastern Conference standings. Ottawa’s biggest problem has been goaltending. Craig Anderson is inconsistent and extremely difficult to predict. Some nights Anderson is the best goalie in the NHL. Other nights, he is out of the game by the middle of the first period. The online betting experts find that the biggest gamble in betting on Ottawa is trying to rely on Anderson to give the team a good night in goal.
The New York Rangers should have been able to finish this series off in four games. As good as Ottawa has played this season, the Rangers have been consistently better in every category. The Rangers play an aggressive style of defense that is backed up by world class goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers’ forwards are very fast and very aggressive. But the Top betting lines experts watched as the Rangers mysteriously shut down in game two and had only seven shots on goal in the third period and overtime of that game. During that same stretch, the Senators had 12 shots on goal and won the game.
New York Rangers
Sportsbook reviews of Rangers games this season shows that the team can always rely on emotional head coach John Tortorella to lift the team when the team gets down. In some ways, Tortorella is controversial because he says what is on his mind. But whatever the coach is saying to the players before they hit the ice, it is working. The Rangers have all of the tools it needs to make a march towards a Stanley Cup championship. In New York, nothing less than a championship will make the fans happy. But as far as the players are concerned, nothing but a championship will make Tortorella happy. That is what motivates the New York Rangers.
When the number eight seed takes on the number one seed in the playoffs, everyone looks for a lopsided win by the top team. But this year is a bit different. With the Canucks struggling in the West, the Senators are trying to make things difficult for the Rangers in the East. But the NHL standings do mean something in the playoffs and there is a reason why Ottawa is the eight seed while New York is the top seed. The Senators simply cannot get consistent goaltending from any of its goaltenders. Ottawa fans can only stop and wonder how different this season would be if Ottawa had a reliable goaltender.
The Bottom Line
Unlike the Western Conference, the outcome of this Eastern Conference series is not in doubt. The Senators will bow out to the Rangers and it will be a quick series. But Ottawa was able to come out of this series with one win and the knowledge that it only needs a few minor adjustments to come back next season and be a contender.
Top Betting Lines Free Pick: New York Rangers