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Plenty Left to Play for This Evening for East-Leading Capitals

Driving yet another nail into the coffin of the Penguins’ hopes of winning the Metropolitan Division last night, the Capitals can finish the job this evening when they host the Rangers. The Blueshirts, who have nothing left to play for with their matchup against the Canadiens in the first round already locked in, will likely ease up on the gas in their last three games to keep their relatively healthy roster intact as we head into the playoffs.

SHARK BITES
  • The Capitals are 3-0 SU in their last 3 home games on the 2nd half of a back-to-back.
  • The Rangers are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games against teams with winning records.
  • The Capitals are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games against their division.

New York’s position in the playoffs has been locked up for quite some time and it’s showed in the Rangers’ play. They’ve dropped five of their last seven games and have given up three or more goals in four straight games. Their opponents tonight, however, are on fire and they outshot a desperate Maple Leafs team last night 38-28 in Toronto.

The Caps have now won eight of their last nine games and can clinch first place in the Eastern Conference as well as the Presidents’ Trophy with a win tonight.

They opened as the massive -190 favorite in this one and considering they’ve lost just eight of their 39 home games this year, that makes some sense. All that said, the Rangers are the best road team in the league, with 27 wins away from Madison Square Garden, and they probably won’t just roll over tonight.

This is a tough one to handicap given all the motivational factors so my advice would be to take the value, wherever you can find it. Two examples of value bets in this spot would be the Rangers’ moneyline (+160) and the Caps’ puckline (+158). Pick your poison and don’t look back.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Washington Capitals were listed earlier today as -190 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada), while odds makers set the opening betting total around 5.5.

A 3.2-2.4 result in favor of the Capitals is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. 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 currently sport a record of 53-18-8. The New York Rangers are 47-26-6. Betting totals have seen the Capitals post a 36-28-15 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Rangers have gone 40-33-6 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs New York injuries news.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Washington Capitals rated this week at No. 3 and the New York Rangers sitting at No. 17.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Washington's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 3.27 goals per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 13 at 2.7 goals allowed. The Capitals power play is averaging 23.63% while the Rangers defense kills off 79.72% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New York was a 4-3 winner in its last match at home against the Flyers. They won as favorites, while the total score of 7 made winners of OVER bettors.

In their last action, Washington was a 4-1 winner on the road against the Maple Leafs. Bettors on Washington at -150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • NY Rangers is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • NY Rangers is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 5 games
  • NY Rangers is 16-6 ATS in its last 22 games on the road
  • Washington is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Washington's last 15 games
  • Washington is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games at home
  • Washington is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York at Ottawa, Saturday, April 8th
Washington at Boston, Saturday, April 8th

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