Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/28/21

Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 3/28/21 Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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

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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.

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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.

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Chris’s Pick Washington -135

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

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