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NHL Hockey Handicapping – Rangers vs. Washington
(33-16-9) New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals (28-26-6)
Date: Saturday February 25th – Rangers vs. Capitals
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington
Hockey NHL Moneyline Odds: Rangers -135 Capitals +115 (Bet Now!)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Rangers -1.5 +180 Capitals +1.5 -250
Today’s NHL Betting Total: O/U 6
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These two teams are coming into this game on losing streaks. The Rangers have lost 3 in a row meanwhile the Capitals have lost 6 in a row. One of these losing streaks has to end tonight, let’s take a deeper look and see if we can find a winner.
The Rangers and Capitals haven’t played each other since December 27th and the Capitals took that one 4-0. These two sides play each other close almost every time, they have spilt the last 4 meetings.
New York Rangers
As mentioned above the Rangers come into this game after dropping their last 3. The losing began after a 7 game winning streak was snapped against the Flames in Overtime, then they dropped one against the Jets and a surprise loss to the Red wings. New York does have a good lead for 3rd in the division but they need to grab a win before this streak goes too far
The Offence of the Rangers are pretty solid in most categories, they average over 3.2 goals per game and put up the 12 most shots in the league with 32 per game. The power play also ranks in the top half of the league sitting at 22.7 percent.
On the negative side they have really struggled over the mini 3 game losing streak only scoring 3 goals in the last 3 games which just isn’t good enough to win in this league.
The Ranger’s defense has been very good this season, giving up only 2.7 goals per game and not giving up a lot of shots at only 29 per game. The one stat the Rangers struggle with is the penalty kill, only killing off 79 percent of penalties which is only good enough for 17th in the league. The positive is that the Rangers are one of the most discipline teams in the NHL. The rangers only average 7 penalty mins per game, which keeps that struggling penalty kill on the bench
All indications would point to the Rangers going to Igor Shesterkin to try and break the losing streak. Igor has been excellent this season, he has a 25-9-7 record with a shutout. He also has a outstanding 2.59 Goals against average and one of the best save percentages in the league at .912. On the negative side he has only been in net for one of the three loss in this stretch but he did not look good against the Jets.
Washington will look to break their own losing streak. Capitals have lost 6 in a row. Including a few games in which they were heavy favourites against teams they really should of beat.
Losing games to San Jose, Detroit and Anaheim are not games you want to lose when you think of your self as a contender in the wild car race. Washington is 2 points back of the last wild card spot but have to jump a-lot of teams.
Offensively, the is the biggest struggle for the Capitals, they rank in the bottom half of scoring at 23rd, bottom half of shots on goal per game, at 17th also 18th on the power play only converting at 20.7 percent. They have one of the worst shooting percentages in the whole league at 9%. A huge reason for the Capitals being on the outside looking in at the playoff picture is the offence.
Defensively Washington has been much better giving up only 2.92 goals per game which puts them at 12th in the league. They are also very tight when it comes to shots, only giving up 30 per game which is 7th best in the NHL. Penalty kill is also very strong at 82 percent.
Darcy Kuemper is expected to get the nod between the pipes on Saturday afternoon. He has a bit of an up and down season. Record isn’t very strong at 16-18-4 but the save percentage and goals against are strong at 2.68 and .913 respectively.
He will matching up against one of the best goalies in Shesterkin and if the Capitals want to snap this streak he will need to be at his best for 60 mins.
New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals Injury Report
- Vitali Kravtsov (NYR) – OUT – Not Injury Related
- Jake Leschyshyn (NYR) – OUT – Not Injury Related
- John Carlson (WSH) – IR – Face
- Carl Hagelin (WSH) – IR – Hip
- Connor Brown (WSH) – IR – Knee
- Anthony Mantha (WSH) – IR – Upper Body
Updated New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals NHL Odds
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New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals Betting Trends
- Under is 5-1 in Rangers last 6 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- At this time, the Over is 5-1 in Rangers last 6 Saturday games.
- So far, the Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Under is 5-0-1 in Capitals last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Capitals are 0-5 in their last 5 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game.
- Also, the Under is 3-0-2 in the last 5 meetings.
- Additionally, the Rangers are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Washington.
Free New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals NHL Prediction
I’ll be honest this game took me a while to come up with a pick. Both teams struggling, both teams desperately needing a win.
I think the Rangers are the much better team, but have been poor when in Washington, on the other hand Washington’s offence is so poor and now having to go against one of the league’s best goalies I don’t see that working out well either. I’m going to lightly play the total here. I’m on the under, small bet though.
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