New York Rangers (15-14-4) at Washington Capitals (22-7-4)
NHL Hockey: Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -135 / New York Rangers +121 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals meet in NHL action from the Capital One Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The New York Rangers will try to rebound from a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in their last matchup. Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich each have a team-high 31 points with Strome logging 11 goals with 20 assists and Buchnevich chipping in 13 goals and 18 assists. Artemi Panarin has 29 points with 8 goals and 21 assists while Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox each have 27 points with Zibanejad logging 11 goals and 16 assists and Fox posting a team-high 24 assists. Chris Kreider has 23 points with a team-high 16 goals as well on the year. As a team, New York is averaging 3.2 goals on 29.6 shots with a 17.9% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.6 goals on 28.5 shots with an 85.3% success rate on the penalty kill.
The Washington Capitals will look to build on their 4-0 win over New Jersey last time out. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington in scoring with 35 points including 13 goals and a team-high 22 assists while Alex Ovechkin has 29 points with a team-high 17 goals and 12 assists. John Carlson has 7 goals with 21 assists for his 28 points while Jakub Vrana, T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson all have 20+ points and double-digit assists as well this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.4 goals on 27.8 shots with a 25% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.9 goals on 29.2 shots with an 80.6% success rate killing off the PK this season.
New York is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 7-17 in their last 24 games as an underdog while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games on no rest. Washington is 12-2 in their last 14 games as a favorite and 6-1 in their last 7 home games while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. The home team is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for the Rangers and the plus money, but the momentum from their huge win over the Flyers came to a screeching halt with Saturday’s loss and now having to take on the Capitals on a back-to-back isn’t the best recipe for success. Washington’s still red hot right now and still getting the Caps at this price is the play here.