NHL Playoffs Betting: Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers
The NHL Playoffs series between the Washington Capitals vs the New York Rangers starts tonight with BetDSI Sportsbook showing New York as -165 home favorites and showing the same price for series wagering.
The Washington Capitals are coming off a very physical and hard fought series against the Boston Bruins where four of the matchups went to overtime including the seventh game where a Joel Ward goal sealed the deal. Alex Ovechkin led the Capitals with five points on two goals and three assists, he overcame a slow start to notch 28 shots and played very physical hockey racking up hits. Left wing Alexander Semin led the Caps in goals with three while Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom both had three assists and a goal.
A lot of the Capitals success came because of rookie goaltender Brden Holtby who played brilliantly throughout the series. Holtby allowed only 2 goals a game average with 233 saves, and played with true guts for a rookie in a game seven overtime situation. The Caps are in definitely coming into this series with a lot of momentum but we will have to see how drained they are from such a physical series.
The New York Rangers are coming off a hard fought seven game series themselves against the Ottawa Senators. New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist put on a show allowing just 1.70 goals per game making 205 stops, and a shutout in game three in which he stopped 39 pucks. NY has a more experienced goalie as Lundqvist has been in the playoffs before with 19 wins to 23 losses and a .915 save percentage.
Leading the Rangers in points is center Brad Richards with two goals and three asissts. Team captain Ryan Callahan also has two goals and two assists and three other scorers are locked at four points apeice. Center Bryan Boyle leads New York in goals with three.
NHL Playoff Predictions: Both teams are coming off great hard fought series and some really good goaltending so this should be a very fun matchup. While the New York Rangers have home ice I definitely like their chances to take the series. However I see great value with the Washington Capitals sitting at +145 for the series and this first game of the series with the underdog rookie that has been performing brilliantly.
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