Capitals vs. Rangers - 3/4/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Rangers (37-21-6) at Washington Capitals (47-12-4)
NHL Hockey: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -143 / New York Rangers +120 --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, CNSW
The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals meet Friday night at the Verizon Center.
The New York Rangers look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.4 percent of their power plays. Derick Brassard leads New York with 22 goals, Mats Zuccarello has 26 assists and J.T. Miller has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 77.8 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 117 goals on 1,540 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 28 goals on 318 shots. Lundqvist has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The Washington Capitals look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.9 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 41 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 46 assists and Justin Williams has 154 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.4 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 111 goals on 1,439 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 28 goals on 380 shots. Holtby has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Rangers are 56-27 in their last 83 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games. The Capitals are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games and 49-18 in their last 67 home games. The home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings,
The Washington Capitals remain one of the hottest teams in the league and are catching the Rangers on the end of a back to back. Not to mention the home team has won seven of the last 10 matchups. Give me Washington.