New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (40-20-6) at New York Rangers (35-27-4)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers +131 / Washington Capitals -145 --- Over/Under: 6.5

TV: MSG, NSWA

The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers meet Thursday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 45 goals, John Carlson has 58 assists and T.J. Oshie has 125 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed 54 goals on 650 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 133 goals on 1,302 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in 15 of their last 18 games.

The New York Rangers need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 33 goals, Artemi Panarin has 58 assists and Jacob Trouba has 160 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 78.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up 84 goals on 878 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed 88 goals on 1,001 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed three or less goals in 13 of their last 15 games.

The favorite is 36-15 in the last 51 meetings. The home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings. The Capitals are 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. The under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in New York.

The Washington Capitals have been playing inconsistent hockey as of late and are on the end of a back to back. The New York Rangers have run into a sudden three-game losing streak, but they've been money over the last month or so in the underdog role and remain comfortably the most profitable team in the sport. With the rest advantage and home ice, along with the fact the Rangers have been kind to us in these spots, I'm going to side with the plus money. 

Randy’s Pick New York Rangers +131

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.