Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/19/21

Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/19/21 Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (12-12-4) at Washington Capitals (19-6-4)

NHL Hockey: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

The Line: Washington Capitals -139 / New York Rangers +126 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals meet Friday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The New York Rangers look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 14.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 14 goals, Artemi Panarin has 17 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 80 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 85.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 31 goals on 393 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 31 goals on 301 shots.

The Washington Capitals look to build on their six game winning streak. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 26.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with 12 goals, John Carlson has 19 assists and Alex Ovechkin has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 19 goals on 205 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 56 goals on 608 shots.

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The Rangers are 4-10 in their last 14 games following a win and 7-18 in their last 25 Friday games. The Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 13-3 in their last 16 overall. The under is 2-0-2 in Rangers last 4 road games. The over is 3-1-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Rangers are 1-6 in the last 7 meetings in Washington and 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The favorite is 36-15 in the last 51 meetings.

The New York Rangers have provided very little value in the underdog role this season and they've had issues stringing wins together. The Washington Capitals are playing their best hockey of the season right now and have cashed six straight tickets in the favorite role. The Rangers have won four straight games against the Caps, including two meetings this season, but these clubs are in completely different form right now. In fact, you can argue this price should be steeper. Give me the Capitals and the reasonable price on their home ice.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -139

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

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