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Rangers vs. Capitals - 3/29/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (40-25-10) at New York Rangers (47-20-7)
Date & Time Sunday March 29, 2015, 3:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: New York Rangers -161 / Washington Capitals +145 --- Over/Under: 5
TV Channel
CSNB, MSG, TVA
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NHL | Washington Capitals (40-25-10) at New York Rangers (47-20-7)
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The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers meet Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals and have scored six goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have zero power play goals in their last four games and have won six of their last seven when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 47 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 54 assists and Eric Fehr has 135 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four of their last six games. Justin Peters has allowed 35 goals on 294 shots faced and Braden Holtby has given up 141 goals on 1,843 shots.

The New York Rangers look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Rangers are averaging three goals and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The New York Rangers have one power play goal in their last four games and have won eight straight when scoring at least three goals. Rick Nash leads New York with 40 goals, Martin St. Louis has 27 assists and Chris Kreider has 168 shots on goal. Defensively, the Rangers are allowing 2.2 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Mackenzie Skapski has allowed one goal on 45 shots faced and Henrik Lundqvist has given up 91 goals on 1,149 shots.

The Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. The Rangers are 6-2 in their last 8 home games and 48-21 in their last 69 games playing on 0 days rest. The Capitals are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in New York and 2-6 in the last 8 meetings overall.

Both teams are coming off the end of a back-to-back, and Lundqvist looked very rusty in his return. While the Rangers are tough to beat at home, I like the value of the plus money in this spot. 

Pick:
Washington Capitals +145

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