The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The New York Rangers Betting Preview
The New York Rangers are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 30 goals, Artmei Panarin has 47 assists, and Chris Kreider has 173 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 79.9 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Igor Shesterkin has allowed 107 goals on 1,214 shots faced, and Jaroslav Halak has given up 42 goals on 451 shots.
The Washington Capitals Betting Preview
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3 goals per game and are scoring on 20.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 32 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 36 assists and Conor Sheary has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 96 goals on 1,110 shots faced, and Charlie Lindgren has allowed 59 goals on 637 shots.
Rangers vs Capitals Trends
The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-3 in their last 10 overall. The Capitals are 0-5 in their last 5 home games and 0-6 in their last 6 overall. The over is 5-1 in Rangers last 6 Saturday games. The under is 6-1 in Capitals last 7 overall. The Rangers are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Washington. The favorite is 44-17 in the last 61 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The New York Rangers have been road warriors all season long, and we’re not being asked to lay anything crazy. The Washington Capitals are going through one of their cold stretches again, and we’re not getting enough plus money to give them a serious look. I’ll side with the more trustworthy team in the Rangers.