Although it’s just four games into the NHL season, the Metropolitan division looks pretty much like most pundits expected it to. The Capitals sit in first place and the Rangers are competing amongst the other bottom feeders. Washington will come in as a significant betting favorite as the home team tonight and I see no reason they don’t come away with the W in D.C.
- The Rangers are 1-3 in their last 4 games against the Capitals.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Rangers’ last 5 games against the Capitals.
- The Rangers are 20-6 in their last 26 games after a loss.
Alain Vigneault has confirmed that Henrik Lundqvist (1-2-0, .875 SV%) will get the start for the Rangers tonight but honestly, it may not make a difference who fills the New York net. The Rangers have some rebuilding time on their hands and will be – despite winning their last game against the Caps – greatly outclassed at almost every position tonight.
Braden Holtby (2-0-1, .938 SV%) is the most likely candidate to get the start for Washington tonight and he’s been a little shaky against the Rangers the last couple years as he owns 4-5 record as a starter against them from 2014-2016 and has a save percentage under .900.
If the Capitals offense keeps trending the way it has, Washington will have no trouble scoring enough on King Henrik to get the win tonight. They have scored an average of 3.5 per game in their last two contests and Alex Ovechkin is starting to heat up.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Washington Capitals were listed earlier today as 104 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds – Shark
(including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.
Odds – Shark
computer score prediction models pick a possible 4.5-1.2 win for the Capitals on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.
New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Washington Capitals bring a 3-0-1 record to the battle against the 2-2-0 Rangers. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Washington go 1-2-1 so far and the Rangers go 2-1-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs New York injuries news.
The Odds – Shark
NHL Power Rankings have the Washington Capitals at No. 12 and the New York Rangers at No. 13 heading into this contest.
The game also pits Washington’s No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 2.75 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 13 at 3 goals allowed. The Capitals power play is averaging 14.29% while the Rangers defense kills off 81.25% of their penalties.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Rangers were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Red Wings. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at +149 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for OVER bettors.
The Capitals were a 4-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Panthers. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -109 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for OVER bettors.
- NY Rangers are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games
- NY Rangers are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games on the road
- NY Rangers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Rangers’s last 7 games on the road
- Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
- Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
- Washington is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
New York home to Arizona, Sunday, October 23rd
Washington at Edmonton, Wednesday, October 26th