New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) stands in goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The New York Rangers face the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, February 20th
New York is listed as heavy road favorites in the Sunday NHL odds
Read below for Rangers vs Senators odds and betting pick
The New York Rangers (31-13-5) travel to Ottawa to face the Senators (18-25-4) on Sunday, February 20th. Puck drop is at 5:00 PM EST at Canadian Tire Center.
The Rangers are listed as heavy road favorites in the Sunday NHL odds. New York has been a profitable road betting team and faces an Ottawa squad dealing with several notable injuries.
Let’s take a look at the Rangers vs Senators odds and offer you our best NHL pick.
Rangers vs Senators Odds
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New York Rangers
O 6 (-120)
February 20th, 2022
U 6 (-103)
Odds as of February 19th at Barstool Sportsbook.
The total for Rangers vs Senators is listed at six, while the Rangers are +130 on the puckline. New York has cracked the top-10 in the Stanley Cup odds, while Ottawa sits near the bottom.
Rangers Betting Value as Road Favorites
New York is listed as road favorites against Ottawa due to their success away from home this season. The Rangers bring a 15-9-2 road record into Sunday’s NHL matchup. New York is an impressive 21-3 when listed as the betting favorites in the NHL odds this season. They sit third in the Metropolitan Division odds.
This is the first road matchup for New York in almost a month after a five-game homestand. New York went 3-2 during those games, including a 3-2 shootout loss to Detroit on Thursday. The Rangers lost for the first time this season as a betting favorite of -200 or greater (-219).
You’ll have to lay similar juice on the Rangers against the Ottawa Senators if you like them on the moneyline. You could get them at a better price if you take the Rangers regulation line at -118. This means the Rangers would need to get the job done in 60 minutes.
This is a solid bounce-back spot for a very strong Rangers squad. They have the third-best defense in the NHL, allowing only 2.53 goals per game. This is mainly due to superstar netminder Igor Shesterkin, who has become the runaway favorite in the Vezina Trophy odds.
Senators’ Betting Analysis With Key Injuries
Ottawa is listed as heavy underdogs in the Sunday NHL odds for good reason. Not only are they far below New York in the standings, but they are missing several key players. Ottawa’s best defenseman Thomas Chabot, plus top forwards Drake Batherson and Josh Norris are injured.
Ottawa’s top-six currently consists of Brady Tkachuk, Nick Paul, Connor Brown, Alex Formenton, Tim Stutzle and Adam Gaudette. There’s an argument to be made that Ottawa has the weakest top-six forward group in the NHL right now. No injured player is expected to return Sunday.
Senators Current Injury List:
Angus Crookshank – Knee
Colin White – Shoulder
Shane Pinto – Shoulder
Scott Sabourin – Finger
Drake Batherson – Ankle
Josh Norris – Shoulder
Matt Murray – UBody
Thomas Chabot – UBody
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The Sens rank in the bottom half of the league in both offense and defense. One positive has been the play of goalie Anton Forsberg. The Swede has won each of his three starts, allowing just five goals in that span. The issue is Forsberg played in the first half of the back-to-back Saturday.
It’s unclear which NHL goalie the Senators will play Sunday, as Matt Murray wasn’t available against the Bruins due to an unknown ailment. That becomes a major issue when the Rangers’ projected starting goalie is someone as talented as Shesterkin.
Rangers vs Senators Pick
This is a clear mismatch on paper, but the Rangers can’t look past the Senators. Ottawa has managed to pick up a couple underdog victories recently and still has leading scorer Brady Tkachuk. In the first meeting this season, the Rangers won by only one goal.
Rangers vs Senators Recent Results
OTT 2 – NYR 3
OTT 4 – NYR 1
NYR 2 – OTT 6
OTT 1 – NYR 4
NYR 1 – OTT 4
This is still a solid bounce-back spot for New York with Ottawa playing the previous night. The Sens are playing a very compact schedule due to COVID, so this will be their eighth game in 13 days. Here are some betting trends to note for Sunday’s matchup:
Rangers are 7-1 in their last 8 Sunday games
Road team is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings
Favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings
The Rangers should take care of a business against an inferior Ottawa squad missing several top players. After a shootout loss to Detroit, New York won’t let this one get past regulation. Take the Rangers 3-way line in the NHL odds at Barstool Sportsbook.
Pick: Rangers 3-Way Line (-118)