Ottawa (3-2) at NY Rangers (2-3)
When: Tuesday, May 9th 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Time: 7:35 ET | TV: NBC Sports Network
The New York Rangers will look to continue the home ice trend in this Eastern Conference semifinal series when they host the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 on Tuesday night. Ottawa is on the verge of their third conference final and first since 2007, when they went on to the Stanley Cup Final. Kyle Turris scored at 6:28 of overtime for yet another overtime victory on Sunday to put the Rangers on the brink of elimination. The Senators are 5-1 in overtime this postseason, eclipsing the franchise mark of four they set in 2003. Turris is proving to be a clutch postseason performer, as his goal in Game 5 was his third career playoff game-winner – with all three coming in overtime and is the seventh player in NHL history to record three overtime goals within his first 40 career playoff games (38). Captain Erik Karlsson recorded the first three-point performance of his playoff career with three assists in Game 5. Karlsson has scored a goal and set up 10 others this postseason, setting franchise records for most assists and points by a defenseman in one playoff year.
Captain Ryan McDonagh scored his 10th career playoff goal in Game 5, tying Barry Beck for fifth place on the franchise list among defensemen while becoming the sixth defenseman to reach double digits. Derek Stepan is riding a four-game point streak after recording an assist in Game 5 to tie Steve Vickers and Ron Greschner for sixth place on the franchise list with 49 career postseason points. Jimmy Vesey and defenseman Brady Skjei have each recorded five points this postseason, becoming the franchise’s second rookie duo since 1986-87 to accomplish the feat (Jesper Fast and Kevin Hayes in 2015). New York has scored at least four goals in four straight playoff contests for the first time since a six-game streak during their Cup run in 1994. The Rangers, who have scored the first goal in every game of the series thus far, posted a pair of 4-1 win at Madison Square Garden while the Senators have recorded three one-goal victories on home ice.
I have to stick with the trend in this one and that is home ice. Henrik Lundqvist has been terrific at home lately and the Rangers are starting to solve Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson. This series is going back to Ottawa for Game 7.
Pick: Rangers -1.5 +175
HEAD TO HEAD
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