New York Rangers (52-22-7) at Washington Capitals (45-25-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday April 11, 2015, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Capitals / New York Rangers --- Over/Under:
The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals play Saturday at the Verizon Center.
The New York Rangers look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Rangers are averaging three goals and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have one power play goal in their last four games and have won 13 straight when scoring at least three goals. Rick Nash leads New York with 42 goals, Martin St. Louis has 29 assists and Chris Kreider has 179 shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers are allowing 2.3 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last six games. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 101 goals on 1,305 shots faced and Cam Talbot has given up 77 goals on 1,038 shots.
The Washington Capitals have also won five of their last six games. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have four power play goals in their last four games and have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 52 goals, Marcus Johansson has 27 assists and Troy Brouwer has 143 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Braden Holtby has given up 154 goals on 2,011 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 35 goals on 294 shots.
The Rangers are 24-7 in their last 31 road games and 11-5 in their last 16 vs. a team with a winning record. The Capitals are 8-1 in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The under is 15-4-8 in the last 27 meetings.
Neither team has much to play for in this matchup with playoff spots clinched, and they're both playing solid hockey lately. I'll take a shot with the home team in this spot.