New York Rangers (5-7-3) at Washington Capitals (8-4-3)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 12:30 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -148 / New York Rangers +134 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals meet in NHL action from the Capital One Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The New York Rangers will look to build off of a 3-2 shootout win over Philadelphia in their last matchup. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 16 points coming on 5 goals and 11 assists while Pavel Buchnevich has 4 goals and 6 assists for his 10 points. Ryan Strome and Adam Fox each have 7 points with Strome logging 4 goals and 3 assists and Fox recording 6 assists in his tally. Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev continue to split time in goal for New York, with Shesterkin logging 3 wins and a 2.36 GAA in 10 appearances while Georgiev has a 2-4 record with a shutout and a 2.95 GAA this season.
The Washington Capitals will be out to build on back-to-back wins after a 3-1 win over Buffalo last time out. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington in scoring with 20 points including 8 goals and a team-high 12 assists while Alex Ovechkin has 14 points with 5 goals and 9 helpers. Tom Wilson’s got 6 goals and 7 assists for his 13 points while John Carlson has 4 goals and 8 helpers for his 12 points and Jakub Vrana has split his 10 points between 5 goals and 5 assists. Vitek Vanacek continues to start in goal for Washington, picking up 7 wins with a 2.90 GAA in 13 games played this season.
New York is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 2-6 in their last 8 road games while the under is 11-0 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. Washington is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 5-13 in their last 18 games following a win while the over is 36-15 in their last 51 home games. New York is 0-6 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams in Washington.
I’m not sure what to make of the New York Rangers right now, because the talent is there but it’s just not coming together and Igor Shesterkin just looks like a completely different goalie than the one that made us a ton last season in his smaller sample size. Washington has rebounded nicely from their little cold spell and I think the Caps are going to start taking names soon. I just think we’re getting a reasonable price with the team playing much better hockey, so I’ll lay it and play it with the Caps here.