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New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals - 5/2/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (49-28-12) at New York Rangers (57-23-7)
Date & Time Saturday May 2, 2015, 12:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: New York Rangers -165 / Washington Capitals +155 --- Over/Under: 5
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NHL | Washington Capitals (49-28-12) at New York Rangers (57-23-7)

The New York Rangers look to even their series with the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon.

The Washington  Capitals  were heading  for overtime  and an  uncertain ending before  Lady  Luck smiled  on them  when  Joel  Ward  beat  Henrik  Lundqvist  with a mere 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Ward’s one timer on a pass from Alex Ovechkin  gave  the  visitors  a  1-0  series  lead  and  the  home  ice  advantage  all  on  one  shot.  Washington  drew  first  blood  when  Ovechkin’s  wrist  shot  went through  the  legs  of  a  New  York  defender  and  past  Lundqvist  with  just  under two  minutes  remaining  in  the  opening  period  on  the  power  play. Braden Holtby won the battle of goaltenders with a 31 save performance to pick up the victory.  

The New York Rangers style of play probably made their opener more of a defensive struggle then anything so a tight game with a great possibility of overtime would not be surprising at all. However with one of the best goaltenders in the world you certainly don’t mind playing in close contests but you also have to expect things to go south from time to time because that’s the nature of the beast. It’s still unexpected to lose with under two seconds remaining which is the very definition of going ‘South’. The last second defeat was obviously disappointing and especially so when Jesper Fast had scored with only 4:39 left in the third. Lundqvist recorded 27 stops to absorb the loss. 

The Capitals are 7-0 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game and are 5-0 in their last 5 after scoring 2 goals or less in their previous game while the under is 5-0-3 in Capitals last 8 Conference Semifinals games. The Rangers  are 27-6 in their last 33 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game while going 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record. The Capitals are 2-4 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 16-5-8 in the last 29 meetings while Washington are 4-8 in the last 12 meetings in New York. No line is out although I lean under again…

under 5

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