New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/19/14
Washington Capitals (22-18-8) at New York Rangers (25-21-3)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -141 / Washington Capitals +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Capitals head to the Big Apple to take the ice with the New York Rangers Sunday.
Struggling Washington picked the wrong time to face a hot Columbus squad in a 5-1 defeat. These teams are headed in the opposite direction right now with the Blue Jackets winning number five in a row and the Capitals dropping their fourth straight. The Caps experienced issues at both ends of the ice with the lone tally coming off the stick of John Carlson who gave the visitors a shortlived spark that cut the lead to 3-1 before the CBJ lit the lamp twice in the third for an easy win. Philipp Grusbauer took the loss with three goals given up on 14 shots before he was replaced by Brad Holtby.
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The Rangers have been in the midst of starting a hot streak and continued on that path with a 4-1 victory at Ottawa. New York has now won five of six as they return home to face Washington on Sunday. Things didn't start on the right foot with the Senators taking a 1-0 lead at the 3:37 mark of the opening frame but the Rangers evened it half way through the first and it was all NYR thereafter. The balanced attack saw goals from Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Brad Richards while Cam Talbot picked up the win with 29 saves. This was a solid performance against an Ottawa club that had beaten the Rangers three times this season.
Washington has been in a bit of a funk and the Rangers have been playing well so I lean to the home team who are 6-2 in the last eight visits from Washington. There are strong under trends as well but for now I will back the hotter team and make any changes by the morning...