Less than 24 hours after acquiring Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues, Washington will head to Manhattan to take on the Rangers with the offensive d-man expected to be in the lineup. The move makes the Capitals a much more dynamic team and they’ll be road favorites in their tilt with the Blueshirts tonight.
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- The Rangers are 12-2 SU in their last 14 games after losing as a favorite.
- The Capitals are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games as road favorites.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of the Rangers’ last 7 games as underdog.
Shattenkirk will be a sight for sore eyes if he’s able to suit up tonight with two of the Caps’ top four defensemen out of the lineup and he’ll add another wrinkle to a power play that’s already operating at a blistering 27.6 percent rate in the month of February. New York’s penalty kill has left a lot to be desired for most of the season so if the Rangers are not disciplined tonight, it could bite them in the Big Apple.
Both teams have gone 7-3 straight up in their last 10 games and with the race for the Metropolitan Division starting to get away from the Rangers, tonight is a must-win. New York has been heating up since the all-star break and can make it four straight wins against the Caps with a victory at MSG.
With the Rangers’ home underdog odds, it makes them a tough fade given how they’ve been playing. This is a great opportunity for value and I think you’d be daft to think New York doesn’t have a good chance to beat Washington on home ice.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
If you’re backing the visiting Washington Capitals in this one, they Capitals listed earlier today as underdogs of 104 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Those over/under total betting saw the number open in the area of 5.5, depending on the book.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 2.8-2.5 win for the Capitals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
New York will face the 41-13-7 Capitals. In totals betting, the Rangers are 33-25-4 in over under betting so far this season while the Washington Capitals are 26-21-14. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Washington injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 20 (New York Rangers) and the No. 1 (Washington Capitals) teams according to our current NHL Power Rankings.
The game also pits New York’s No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 3.32 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.18 goals allowed. The Rangers power play is averaging 18.89% while the Capitals defense kills off 83.82% of their penalties.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Washington lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Predators on February 25. Bettors who backed the Predators at -117 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
New York lost its last outing, a 5-2 result against the Blue Jackets on February 26. Bettors who backed the Blue Jackets at +111 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
- Washington is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games
- Washington is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
- Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- NY Rangers is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- NY Rangers is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
- NY Rangers is 2-15 ATS in its last 17 games at home
- NY Rangers is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Washington home to New Jersey, Thursday, March 2nd
New York at Boston, Thursday, March 2nd