New York Rangers at Washington Capitals

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In an Eastern Division matchup in the Nation’s Capital, the red-hot Washington Capitals host the New York Rangers, who are coming off a 9-0 win in their last game.

The Rangers have won two of three games after a three-game skid. They beat the Flyers 9-0 in their last game, which is their most lopsided win since beating the New Jersey Devils 9-0 way back in 1986. New York is in the sixth spot in the East and in the two wins in the last three games they gave up no goals while giving up five goals in the one loss.

The Capitals are smoking hot riding a six-game win streak and they only have one loss in their last 10 games. They are neck and neck in atop the East with the New York Islanders, who they beat in their last game. Washington is the third highest-scoring team in the league (3.48 goals per game) and has only given up one goal in their last two games.

The Rangers have beaten the Caps in both meetings this season.

All in Two

In their last game, the Rangers were at home and routed the Philadelphia Flyers 9-0 scoring all of the goals in the first two periods including lighting the lamp seven times in the second period. Mika Zibanejad had a hat trick as well as three assists and Pavel Buchnevich had two goals and two assists.

New York only had three more shots (29-26) and were only 1-4 on the power play but still won in a laugher. Alexandar Georgiev (5-4-2 3.01 GAA) stopped all 26 shots he faced and he was yanked early in his previous two starts giving up seven goals on only 20 shots. With Igor Shesterkin on IR either Georgiev or Keith Kinkaid (1-1-1 2.32 GAA), who gave up five goals in his last start, will get the call.

Chris Kreider leads the Rangers with 14 goals and Pavel Buchnevich and Ryan Strome each have 10 goals. Buchnevich leads the team with 26 points and has three goals and six assists in his last five games. On the season New York is 6-6-1 on the road and one of their road wins was against the Caps.

Ending the Streak, and Extending Theirs

The Capitals were at home in their last game beating the New York Islanders 3-1 ending their nine-game winning streak and extending theirs to six. The Caps scored the first three goals of the game with T.J. Oshie scoring the first one and Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each scored on the power play. With Ovechkin, he moved into sixth place in career goals (718) and became the second active player to record 1,300 points. Ilya Samsonov (6-0-1 2.54 GAA) stopped 21 of 22 shots he faced and while Washington has won his last four starts he had given up seven goals in the two before his last one. #1 G Vitek Vanecek (12-5-3 2.74 GAA) may go in this game and after giving up four goals in two straight starts he did not give up any in his last one stopping all 23 shots he faced in a 6-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Backstrom leads the Caps with 33 points and he and Ovechkin are tied for the team lead with 12 goals each. Backstrom had a goal and an assist in the last game and has two goals and four assists over his last five games. Ovechkin has been hot as of late and has scored a goal in each of his last four games. This season the Caps are 9-3-2 at home.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

The Rangers are coming off a 9-0 win, have won both of their games against the Capitals this season, and dating back to last season have won their last four games facing them. Yeah, still; going with the Caps in this one. They had won six in a row on home ice against the Rangers until losing them in their only matchup on home ice against them this season. Washington has only allowed one goal in their last two games and they will play solid on the defensive side of the ice in this game. The Rangers have two shutout wins in their last three games and they will play decent defense, but they will allow multiple goals. I see a close one here, but the Caps will get the W snapping their four-game losing streak to the Rangers.

Capitals -145

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Full-Game Total Pick

In the last 11 games between these rivals in the Nation’s Capital the Over record is 7-3-1. However, the last time these teams met the total went Under and that is the pick I am leaning towards in this game. The Caps are among the league leaders in points and in New York’s last 21 games facing a team with a winning record the Under record is 15-4-2. I see a defensive battle in this one, as the Rangers have two shutout wins in their last three games and the Caps have only allowed one goal in their last three games. Goals will be at a premium in this game, which is why the Under is the money pick.

Under 5.5 goals