Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/20/21

Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/20/21 Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (12-13-4) at Washington Capitals (20-6-4)

NHL Hockey: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

The Line: Washington Capitals -139 / New York Rangers +125 --- Over/Under: 5.5 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 night.

The New York Rangers will try to rebound from a 2-1 loss to the Caps last time out. Pavel Buchnevich leads the Rangers in scoring with 26 points including 10 goals and 16 assists while Artemi Panarin has 25 points with a team-high 17 assists. Ryan Strome has 23 points with 10 goals and 13 apples and Chris Kreider has 20 points with a team-high 14 goals this season. As a team, New York is averaging 3 goals per game on 29.5 shots per game with a 14.6% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.7 goals against per game on 28.6 shots against per contest with an 85.9% kill rate on the PK this season.

The Washington Capitals will be out to add another notch to the win column after their win over the Rangers last time out. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in scoring with 33 points including 12 goals and a team-high 21 assists while John Carlson has 26 points with 20 assists. Alex Ovechkin also has 25 points with a team-high 14 goals and Jakub Vrana has 21 points with 10 goals and 11 assists. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.5 goals per game on 28.3 shots per game with a 27.4% conversion rate on the power play while allowing 3 goals per game on 29.4 shots against per game with an 80.9% success rate on the PK this season.

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New York is 0-4 in their last 4 games played on no rest and 2-5 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 2-0-2 in their last 4 road games. Washington is 13-3 in their last 16 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games. New York is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Washington.

I get why the plus money with the Rangers would be worth a look as New York battled hard last time out, but realistically, we’re once again getting a great price with the far better team playing far better hockey and I just don’t see any reason to hop off of that now. Give me Washington and the reasonable price as the Caps grab another W.

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Chris’s Pick Washington -139

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

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