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Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers - 2/24/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Rangers at Washington Capitals
Date & Time Sunday February 24, 2019, 12:30 PM (EST)
Location
Capital One Arena
Washington, DC
The Line
Over: 6 (-104) / Under: 6 (-118)
TV Channel
NBCS-Washington, MSG, NHL
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NHL | New York Rangers at Washington Capitals
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The New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals meet in NHL action from the Capital One Arena on Sunday afternoon.

The New York Rangers will look to build on a 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils in their last outing. Jimmy Vesey, Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider staked the Rangers a 3-0 1st period lead in a span of 9:35, carrying that lead through the 2nd and into the 3rd period. New Jersey pulled a goal back before Brady Skjei restored the three-goal lead. New Jersey scored a 2nd goal 1:51 later, but that’s as close as the Devils would get as Strome added an empty-netter for his 2nd goal of the game to seal the deal for the Rangers in the win. Alexander Georgiev got the win to improve to 10-10-0 after stopping 19 of 21 shots faced in the winning effort.

The Washington Capitals will look to rebound after a 5-2 loss to Buffalo last time out. Buffalo jumped out to a 2-0 1st period lead before Alexander Ovechkin got the Caps on the board early in the 2nd. Buffalo restored their two-goal cushion by the end of the 2nd, and Andre Burakovsky would cut the deficit back to 3-2, but that’s as close as the Capitals would get as Buffalo made it 4-2 just 1:27 later and 5-2 with an empty-netter in the final minute of the 3rd to seal Washington’s fate. Braden Holtby took the loss, falling to 21-16-4 after allowing 4 goals on 37 shots faced in the losing effort.

New York is 17-37 in their last 54 road games and 16-37 in their last 53 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road underdog. Washington is 1-6 in their last 7 games against the Eastern Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on no rest while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. New York is 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

I give the Capitals a slight edge playing at home, with both teams on no rest and having to travel for this game. However, neither side has been that great on the 2nd half of a back-to-back and I’m not getting enough plus money to consider the Rangers in this spot. I’m expecting some tired legs in this matchup, so goals may come a bit easier than we are used to, so I’ll side with the over in this contest.

Pick:
Over: 6 (-104)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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