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Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers 3/2/2023 Picks, Preview and Game Analysis

Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers 3/2/2023 Picks, Preview and Game Analysis

The Ottawa Senators will be visiting the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden for Thursday night’s NHL game. Ottawa will be entering the match with momentum, having won both games in a back-to-back series against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senators scored a total of 12 goals in those two games, with Austin Watson and Tim Stutzle leading the way, each contributing three points. Ottawa’s 30-26-4 record has tied them with the Florida Panthers for fifth place in the division, with 64 points.

Although the Senators’ offense has been productive, averaging 3.12 goals per game on 33.2 shots, their defense has been struggling, conceding an average of 3.13 goals per game. Tim Stutzle has been a standout performer for Ottawa, leading the team’s offense with 63 points and a team-high 28 goals on 161 shots. Meanwhile, LW Brady Tkachuk has been the Senators’ primary playmaker this season, with 37 assists to his name.

  • The totals went OVER in 8 of Ottawa’s last 11 outings. 
  • The Senators are 10-4 straight up in their last 14 games. 
  • The Ottawa Senators are 1-4 SU in their last 5 contests versus the NY Rangers.

Ottawa Senators vs New York Rangers 3/2/2023 Picks, Preview and Game Analysis

Tonight at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers will look to continue their winning streak and secure their third victory in a row against the Ottawa Senators. After snapping a four-game losing streak, the Rangers defeated the LA Kings and Philadelphia Flyers in their recent back-to-back matches. Boasting a record of 35-17-9, the Rangers sit third in the Metropolitan Division with 79 points, trailing the division leader, Carolina Hurricanes, by just seven points. In their previous game, right-winger Vladimir Tarasenko netted the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Flyers.

The Rangers’ offense has been a dominant force this season, averaging 3.3 goals on 32.1 shots per game, while their defense has been equally impressive, allowing an average of just 2.8 goals per match. Left-winger Artemi Panarin has been leading the Rangers’ offense with 67 points and a team-high 48 assists this season, while center Mika Zibanejad has recorded a team-high 31 goals on 206 shots for the year. With the Rangers’ potent offense and solid defense, they will look to secure another win against the Senators and maintain their momentum.  

  • The totals went OVER in 8 of the NY Rangers’ last 12 games. 
  • The Rangers are 9-4 straight up in their last 13 outings. 
  • The totals went UNDER in 5 of the NY Rangers’ last 6 matches played versus Ottawa. 

Ottawa Senators vs. New York Rangers. The NHL Pick for this contest is New York -185. While both teams have played well leading up to this matchup, the Rangers appear to have an edge going into Thursday’s game. With the advantage of playing on home ice, New York is expected to take control of the match, showcasing their superior offense and defense. As a result, the predicted outcome of the game is a 4-1 victory for the Rangers.   

NHL Starting Time: 7:00 PM ET

Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023                                                                                       


NHL Odds/Point Spread: New York Rangers -185          

NHL Totals: 6.5

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