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(41-13-7) Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers (40-20-2)
Date: Tuesday February 28th
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Rangers -110
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Off
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Metropolitan Division titans Washington and the New York Rangers will go head to head for the third time this season. These are the only two teams in the NHL with 40 or more wins thus far, so expect a dandy on Tuesday night.
The Caps don’t have that little ‘x’ next to their name in the standings to indicate a clinched playoff spot, but you might as well just book their ticket to the post season at this point as they’re 21 points clear of ninth place with just 21 games to go in the season.
Washington has been the league’s best team for most of this season. The Metropolitan Division on the whole has seen some incredible runs this year with the Blue Jackets, Penguins, and Capitals all putting together impressive runs of play.
While the Caps have put together some very impressive winning runs, they’re streaky on the opposite side of the coin as well, as of their 20 losses this season, 13 of them have come in consecutive games (two games five times, three straight losses once).
The Caps are coming off a loss on the road to the Predators by a score of 5-2, which is just the second time they’ve lost by more than one goal in 2017.
As a whole, Washington has not been beaten by wide margins very often this season, as their last multi-goal loss prior to the Preds game was a 3-0 loss to the Senators on January 24, then you have to go all the way back to December 1st when they lost by that same 3-0 scoreline to the Islanders.
New York Rangers
Speaking of those multi-goal losses, the Rangers are responsible for one of the very few, as they beat the Capitals 4-2 back in October.
The Rangers have very much been the Caps’ kryptonite for a while now, and have beaten Washington twice this season and three straight times dating back to last March.
New York comes into this game in the same mindset as the Caps you’d imagine, as they too were dumped by a 5-2 score at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Rangers are another team that you just don’t see get beat by multiple goals all that often, so expect them to bear down in this one and battle for every inch of ice.
The last time the Rangers got beat by Columbus (6-4 on Jan. 31) they responded by winning their next six games in a row, four of which by one goal, so this team knows how to find the extra gear and close out games when they need it.
If there’s one minor concern, it’s that for a team with as many wins as they have, the Rangers don’t have a spectacular record at MSG, with 19 wins and 14 losses on home ice.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Over is 4-1-3 in WAS last 8 games as an underdog.
- WAS are 2-7 in their last 9 games as an underdog.
- WAS are 8-3 in their last 11 vs. Metropolitan.
- NYR are 8-3 in their last 11 games as a favorite.
- WAS are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings.
- Favorite is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
Free Washington vs. New York Rangers NHL Hockey Prediction:
The last time these teams met it was at MSG, where the Rangers won 2-1. I expect another grind it out style game with both teams coming off losses where they were not great defensively.
Braden Holtby and Henrik Lundqvist don’t often put up two stinkers in a row, so look for a low-scoring game.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Under 5.5
The Caps are always tricky when it comes to picking the under, as they possess an offence that can light up the scoreboard almost any night. The Rangers however know how to keep this team in check and have surrendered just three goals by the Capitals in their first two meetings.
A 2-1 game with an empty net goal by the Rangers (probably Michael Grabner because he loves to float around center ice with the goalie pulled and pick up garbage points) Under looks good.
NHL Free Score Prediction: NYR 3 – 1 Washington
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