The Washington Capitals (20-14-6) travel to face off against the New York Rangers (26-13-2) on Sunday, January 14th. This game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York and televised on ESPN+. The Capitals are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Rangers are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Capitals. Puck drop is set for 1:00 ET.
Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers
The Washington Capitals Are Coming Off A Win
On the season, the Capitals are 11th in the Eastern Conference with 46 points and a record of 20-14-6. In the Metropolitan Division, they are 6th. Over their last ten games, Washington has gone just 3-7.
When playing on the road, the Capitals have a record of 9-7-2, and they are 11-13-4 as the underdog. In games against other Eastern Conference teams, Washington has gone 12-12.
Washington’s puck line record this season is 17-23 and their average scoring differential is -.6 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have gone 13-15 vs. the puck line as the underdog.
So far, the Caps have 13 losses by more than one goal and have gone 4-6 vs. the puck line in their last ten games. In their last five games, Washington has gone 2-3 vs. the puck line and their average scoring differential on the road is -.7 goals per game.
The Capitals most recently faced the Rangers at home and achieved a 3-2 win. After scoring one goal in the first period, the Capitals found the net two times in the 3rd period against the Rangers. In the game, Washington managed to score all three goals at even strength. They concluded with 21 shots on goal and committed 11 turnovers.
Washington was the underdog going into the game and picked up a win against the puck line. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
The New York Rangers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Heading into tonight’s game, the Rangers are in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference with 54 points and a record of 26-13-2. In their last ten games, New York is just 4-6 and has lost three straight games.
At home this season, the Rangers have gone 13-6-0, and they have been the favorite in 33 of their 41 games. Against other teams in the Metropolitan Division, New York has gone 6-4.
At home this season, the Rangers have gone 7-12 against the puck line, and their average scoring margin is +.4 goals per game. So far, they have been favored in 33 games, and their puck line record as the favorite is 12-21.
Overall, New York has 15 wins by multiple goals, and their average scoring differential when favored is +.3 goals per game. In their last ten home games, the Rangers have gone 4-6 against the puck line.
After suffering a 3-2 loss on the road to the Capitals, the Rangers are looking to bounce back today. In the offensive department, the Rangers notched one goal during the first period and one time in the second period. In the game, New York managed to score all two goals at even strength. They concluded with 27 shots on goal and committed 6 turnovers.
In this game, New York was favored by -1.5, but they suffered a loss against the puck line. With a combined total of 5 goals, the game concluded below the over/under line of 6.
Washington Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Capitals have an average of 2.4 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 31st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 31st in the league. In terms of the Capitals’ offense during power plays, they are 32nd in power play goals and 30th in shorthanded goals.
The Capitals come in with an over/under record of 15-24-1. Over the course of the season, they have had 23 games failing to surpass the 6 goal over/under line. The average number of goals in their games is at 5.5 per game.
New York Offense Breakdown
When looking at their offense, the Rangers have an average of 3.3 goals per game this season, positioning themselves 14th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are ranked 15th in the league. In terms of the Rangers’ offense during power plays, they are 4th in power play goals and 20th in shorthanded goals.
For the season, the over/under record of the Rangers’ stands at 21-17-3. They have had 20 games during the season that exceeded the 6 over/under line. On average, their games are averaging 6.2 goals per game.
Washington Team Defense
Washington defense takes on the Rangers ranked 23rd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are averaging 30.9 shots per game against Washington. They also are 23rd in shutouts, with 2 shutouts.
New York Team Defense
Defensively, the Rangers are currently 26th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 28.9 shots per game against New York. They also are 19th in shutouts, coming in with 2 shutouts.
Capitals vs Rangers Trends
- Across the Capitals last five road games, the team averaged 2 goals per game while allowing 3. Their record vs the puck line in these contests was 2-3, while going 3-2 straight-up.
- Through their last three home games, New York has an puck line record of just 1-2. However, their overall record was 1-2 while averaging 2 goals per game.
- New York has done well both straight up and vs the puck line when favored to win the game, going 4-1 SU and 4-1 puck line in their last five games.
- As the betting favorite, the Capitals have an puck line mark of just 2-8 in their last ten games. Washington posted a straight up mark of 8-2 in these matchups.
For a moneyline bet, I’m backing the Capitals to secure a victory over the Rangers on the road. With the moneyline currently set at +183, I’m locking in my bet on the Capitals straight-up.
If you’re looking to get a bet down on this matchup, we foresee the Capitals winning the underdog. However, if you’re not as confident in the Capitals straight-up, we’d still recommend placing a bet on them to cover the puck line.
For those looking at the over/under line set at 6 goals, our expectation is that this game will surpass that mark, and we suggest making a bet on the over.
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