New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/5/21

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/5/21 Photo by POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (33-14-5) at New York Rangers (26-21-6)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Rangers -101 / Washington Capitals -109 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers meet Wednesday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Washington Capitals look for a win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 26.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 24 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 37 assists and John Carlson has 121 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 49 goals on 499 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 89 goals on 957 shots.

The New York Rangers need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with 22 goals, Adam Fox has 42 assists and Ryan Strome has 122 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 77 goals on 944 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 41 goals on 431 shots.

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The Capitals are 16-5 in their last 21 road games and 24-10 in their last 34 overall. The Rangers are 9-4 in their last 13 home games and 8-22 in their last 30 games as an underdog. The over is 10-3 in Capitals last 13 overall. The under is 5-2 in Rangers last 7 overall. The Capitals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York. The home team is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The favorite is 40-16 in the last 56 meetings.

You can make a case for either of these teams and the New York Rangers have won four of the seven meetings this season against the Caps. However, in order to fade the Capitals and the way they're playing right now, I need more plus money on the other side. You don't get the Capitals and these cheap prices often, you should probably take advantage of it when you can. Also, the Rangers haven't had any success this season in the underdog role. Give me the Capitals and the cheap price.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -109

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

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