New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals Free Preview

Capital One Arena is the site for a Metro Division matchup as the New York Rangers take the ice against the Washington Capitals. It’s the fourth and final time that these two clubs will meet in the regular season. The match gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 28, and it is being shown live on NBC Sports Network.

New York Rangers at Washington Capitals Odds

New York (+220) is playing the role of underdog to Washington (-260), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 6 goals (-120 to bet the over, +100 for the under).

Washington is 45-31 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 9.4 units this year. That win percentage, ranked first in the Metropolitan Division so far in this young season, is a slide from what the team recorded during last years regular season (55-27). Among its 76 games this season, 43 have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and just two have pushed. The team is 26-11 SU at home this year.

The Capitals have converted on 23.1 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s good enough for fifth-best in the league. On the other hand, their penalty kill is rated 18th overall, and they’ve successfully killed off 80.1 percent of all penalties.

As a collective unit, the Capitals have been called for penalties 4.1 times per game overall this season, and 4.8 per game over their last five at home. The team has been forced to kill penalties for just 8.0 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, in total.

Averaging 27.5 saves per game with a .906 save percentage, Braden Holtby (31 wins, 19 losses, and four OT losses) has been the primary goalkeeper for the Caps this year. If Washington decides to give him the night off, however, the team might go with Philipp Grubauer (14-19-19 record, .923 save percentage, 2.33 goals against average).

The Caps will continue relying on leadership from Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ovechkin (83 points) has tallied 45 goals and 38 assists and has recorded two or more points in 22 different games this year. Kuznetsov has 24 goals and 51 assists to his name and has recorded at least one point in 44 games.

New York is 33-43 straight up (SU) and has lost 9.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline thus far. Through 76 regular season contests, 41 of its games have gone over the total, while 31 have gone under and just four have pushed. As an away team, the Rangers are 12-24 SU.

The Rangers have converted on 21.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a figure that places it in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked eighth overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.5 percent of all penalties.

New York’s players have been penalized 3.5 times per game this season, 3.2 per game over their last five contests total, and 3.2 per game over their last five on the road. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 7.4 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Henrik Lundqvist (29.1 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for New York. Lundqvist has 25 wins, 34 losses, and six OT losses to his credit, while registering a .915 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average this year.

For the visiting Rangers, the offense will be facilitated by Mats Zuccarello (16 goals, 35 assists) and Vladislav Namestnikov (22 goals, 25 assists).

New York Rangers at Washington Capitals Free Picks

NHL Pick: SU Winner – Capitals, O/U – Over

Betting Notes

  • Washington is 3-1 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 3-5 in shootouts.
  • The total has gone over in three of Washington’s last five outings.
  • Washington’s attempted 28.9 shots per contest overall this season (ranked 31st in the NHL), and 32.4 in their last five home games.
  • Washington is putting up 3.2 goals per game across its four-game win streak.
  • Over New York’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 2-4 in those games).