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Lamps Tend To Light Up When Caps, Rangers Clash

Two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference square off when the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers meet at Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon. If there has been one constant when these two teams meet, it’s that you should expect plenty of goals. The Capitals and Rangers have averaged a combined seven goals per game in their past seven contests with the total going OVER on six of those occasions.

Shark Bites
  • The Capitals are 1-5 against the puckline in their past 6 road games.
  • The Rangers are 6-3 SU in their past 9 meetings with the Capitals.
  • Henrik Lundqvist has a 2.63 GAA in 33 career starts against the Capitals.

Washington has been a Jekyll and Hyde story recently, as the team has averaged 5.4 gpg in their past five at home but just 2.4 in their past five on the road. Since January 1, the Capitals have only lost four games but every one of those came on the road. Nicklas Backstrom has remained the Caps most consistent offensive presence, as the center has four goals and 10 assists during his eight-game scoring streak.

Since the start of February, the Rangers have been posted a nearly perfect 6-1-0 record but things are far from perfect. The defense continues to leave Henrik Lundqvist out to dry by allowing over 34 shots per game in the past seven. To his credit, King Henrik has been standing on his head with a .937 save percentage and a 1.86 GAA in that span.

Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Capitals will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 39-11-7 this season, while the Rangers are 37-19-1. Washington is 25-19-13 against the total, while New York is 31-22-4 versus the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Washington injuries news.

It's an NHL hockey betting matchup between the No. 6-rated New York Rangers and the No. 1-ranked Washington Capitals, according to the latest NHL power poll here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the New York Rangers No. 3-ranked offense (3.4 goals per game) against a Washington Capitals defense that ranks No. 1 at 2.18 goals per game allowed. The Rangers powerplay has clicked at a 20.12% rate while the Capitals have a 84.18% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Red Wings on February 18. Bettors who backed the Red Wings at +164 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, New York was a 4-2 loser on the road against the Islanders. Bettors on New York at +109 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • Washington is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Washington is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing NY Rangers
  • NY Rangers is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • NY Rangers is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Rangers's last 6 games
  • NY Rangers is 2-12 ATS in its last 14 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington at Philadelphia, Wednesday, February 22nd
New York home to Montreal, Tuesday, February 21st

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