Ottawa (2-0) at NY Rangers (0-2)
When: Tuesday, May 2nd 2017
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: NBC Sports Network
After receiving an extra days rest, the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers resume their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. The Senators held home ice advantage after a 2-1 win in Game 1, then a wild 6-5, double-overtime thriller on Saturday. The Senators were down two goals with less than 3:30 remaining in Game 2 until Jean-Gabriel Pageau took over, scoring three straight goals – including the winner at 2:54 of the second overtime – to complete a four-goal performance and move Ottawa within two victories of the conference final. Pageau became just the second player in playoff history to cap a four-goal performance with an overtime winner – joining Joffrey Lupul, who accomplished the feat for Anaheim in 2006. The four-goal effort also was the first in the postseason since 2010, when Detroit’s Johan Franzen scored four times against San Jose. Pageau now has the team lead in goals (five) this postseason, moving past Bobby Ryan (four), but has yet to record an assist. Derick Brassard is tied for the team lead in playoff scoring with eight points but has yet to land on the scoresheet in this series. Marc Methot and Mark Stone also scored for Ottawa on Saturday, while Craig Anderson stopped 43 New York shots.
Henrik Lundqvist had by far is worst game of this postseason, stopping 34 of 40 shots for a .824 save percentage and will probably welcome the extra day off. Michael Grabner and Derek Stepan scored short-handed goals in Game 2, helping New York tie the franchise record for most in a playoff game. The Rangers, who lead the league with three short-handed goals this postseason, also scored two in Game 7 of the 1992 Patrick Division semifinals against New Jersey. Brady Skjei became the first New York defenseman to record a multi-goal performance in the playoffs since Brian Leetch in 1995 against Philadelphia. Defenseman Marc Staal appeared in his 100th NHL playoff game on Saturday while Chris Kreider played in his 73rd, tying Carl Hagelin for 10th place on the franchise list among skaters. New York has now allowed two 6-on-5 goals in the postseason after surrendering only four during the regular season. The Rangers have won four of their last five at home, while the home team has also won the last four meetings in this series.
The Rangers really blew a chance to tie this series on Saturday and must regroup to get back in this series. Lundqvist is one of the few goalies I would want to have in a critical game like this. Look for him to rebound and keep the puck out of the net. I really like the home team in each game of this series.
Pick: Rangers -160
HEAD TO HEAD
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