Washington Capitals (50-28-12) at New York Rangers (57-24-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 2, 2015, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Rangers -170 / Washington Capitals +153 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New York Rangers look to even the score after a last second loss in game one while the Caps can earn the sweep with a game two win on Saturday night.
The Washington Capitals stole a victory in New York on Thursday night as they scored the game winner with one second left on the clock and prevented what could have been a lengthy overtime frame and earned a pivotal series opening win. The Caps held a lead for most of the game but a third period marker from the Blue Shirts extended the contest that again looked destined for the extra frame but in controversial fashion the Caps netted perhaps their biggest goal of the season on Henrik Lundqvist and have already taken home ice advantage. Braden Holtby was excellent for the Caps and he will be called upon once again as his play could very well be the difference in this series.
The Rangers face unfamiliar territory heading into Saturday's game as they trail for the first time in these playoffs and against a tough Caps team they know they have to show up here and grab a victory or else they run the risk of heading back to Washington in an 0-2 hole. New York are the defending Eastern Conference champions and the reigning President's Trophy winners for a reason and will surely bring their A-game in this one but with the way the Caps have played over the last few games especially Braden Holtby it'll prove more difficult than people think and the odds here are way off. While I think the Rangers rebound there is no value there so the total is the best play and I foresee another low scoring affair much like game one.