Washington Capitals (23-7-4) at New York Rangers (15-15-4)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Rangers -110 / Washington Capitals -110 --- Over/Under: 6 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers meet in NHL action from Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.
The Washington Capitals will look to build off of their 5-4 win over the Rangers last time out. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals in scoring with 26 points including 13 goals and a team-high 23 assists while Alex Ovechkin has 30 points with a team-high 18 goals and 121 shots on goal. John Carlson’s got 28 points with 21 assists while T.J. Oshie’s got 24 points with 8 goals and 16 apples this season. Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson each have 22 points with double-digit assist totals this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.4 goals on 27.9 shots per game with a 24.4% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.8 goals on 29.1 shots with an 81.2% conversion rate on the PK this season.
The New York Rangers will try to rebound after their loss to the Caps last time out. Ryan Strome leads the Rangers in scoring with 32 points including 11 goals and 21 assists while Pavel Buchnevich has 31 points with 13 goals and 18 assists. Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox each have 29 points with a combined 47 assists between the two while Mika Zibanejad has 11 goals with 16 assists for his 27 points and Chris Kreider has a team-high 17 goals on the year. As a team, New York is averaging 3.1 goals on 29.4 shots with an 18.2% conversion rate on the PP while giving up 2.6 goals on 28.8 shots with an 84.8% success rate on the PK.
Washington is 8-1 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 20-8 in their last 28 games overall while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games following a win. New York is 1-5 in their last 6 Tuesday games and 3-11 in their last 14 games in the second half of a home-and-home situation while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for either side here as the Rangers have had the bulk of the recent success against Washington, while Washington’s one of the NHL’s hottest teams again. Instead, I’m going to side with the under as these two teams usually battle each other pretty hard head-to-head and a 3-2 game wouldn’t surprise me at all here. Give me the under.