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Rangers and Capitals on collision course in Washington

The New York Rangers will battle the Washington Capitals tonight at the Capital One Arena and these two teams seem to be mirroring their success of late. Both are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games and have been slowly climbing back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. After upsetting Pittsburgh on Tuesday, the Rangers will look to beat another home favorite where the Capitals are 11-5 SU this season. New York opened as a +125 road dog in this matchup.

SHARK BITES
  • The favored team is 3-0 SU in the last three games in this matchup.
  • The Capitals are 13-4 SU in their last 17 games against their division at home.
  • The Rangers are 5-0 SU in their last five games with two days off between games.

The Rangers have been on a tear of late, going 6-1 SU in their last seven games and completely revitalizing their season after a horrific 4-9 SU start in October. Where they’ve succeeded is on the offensive end as New York has climbed into eighth in the NHL in goals per game at 3.28. But on the road, they’ve had mixed results at 4-5 SU and 5-4 ATS and only manage 2.6 goals per game.

Washington has started to look like the Capitals we’re used to as they try to get back to the top of the Metropolitan Division. The Caps are 5-1 SU in their last six games at home and Alex Ovechkin has regained his scoring prowess, leading the NHL with 21 goals this season. The tough part to swallow for Capitals backers is that Washington is 3-5 SU in its last eight games at home vs the Rangers. Tread carefully if you plan to place a wager on the Caps tonight.

The total opened at 5.5 and bettors may want to consider the OVER. The total has gone OVER in four of the Capitals’ last five games while the OVER has hit in three of the Rangers’ last four games.

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Capitals currently sport a record of 17-11-1. The New York Rangers are 15-10-2. Betting totals have seen the Capitals post a 16-13 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Rangers have gone 17-9-1 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 Capitals rated this week at No. 27 and the Rangers sitting at No. 11.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Washington Capitals' No. 14-ranked offense (2.96 goals per game) against a New York Rangers defense that ranks No. 18 at 3.08 goals per game allowed. The Capitals power play has clicked at a 20.99% rate while the Rangers have a 80.49% rate on the penalty kill.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Rangers were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Penguins. That made winners of bettors who got New York at +154 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for OVER bettors.

The Capitals were a 6-2 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Blackhawks. That made winners of bettors who got Washington at -133 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for OVER bettors.

Betting Trends
  • New York is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games
  • New York is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 15 of New York's last 21 games
  • New York is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Washington is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Washington is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games
  • Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to New Jersey, Saturday, December 9

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