Rangers vs. Capitals - 1/9/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (30-7-3) at New York Rangers (22-14-4)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers / Washington Capitals --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, MSG
The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers meet Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
The Washington Capitals hope to remain red hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 25.4 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 22 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 24 assists and T.J. Oshie has 99 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.1 goals per game and killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 62 goals on 930 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 18 goals on 210 shots. Holtby has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
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The New York Rangers could use a victory here after losing six of their last 10 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.3 percent of their power plays. Mats Zuccarello leads New York with 16 goals, Rick Nash has 17 assists and Derick Brassard has 84 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 80.5 percent of their power play chances. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 80 goals on 995 shots faced and Antti Raanta has given up 16 goals on 197 shots. Lundqvist has allowed seven goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 7-2 in their last 9 road games and 36-15 in their last 51 overall. The Rangers are 0-6 in their last 6 games following a win and 39-16 in their last 55 vs. Metropolitan. The Capitals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings overall.
The Capitals are playing far better hockey than the Rangers, but New York has gotten the better of Washington recently and the early game should favor the home team. I'll side with the Rangers here.