Capitals vs. Rangers Free Hockey Picks

Ross Benjamin

Sunday, December 8, 2013 4:31 PM GMT

The Rangers host the Capitals at Madison Square Garden in New York. Who should we be backing with our free picks here?

According to NHL betting odds the Rangers are a -150 money line home favorite and the posted total is 5.0. The Rangers defeated the Capitals in 5-games during last season’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Rangers have defeated the Capitals in 6 of the last 7-games played at Madison Square Garden. These two clubs have seen just 4 of their last 27 meetings go over the total.

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Huge Home Stand

This will be the 2nd game of an unusually long 9-game in 17-day home stand for the Rangers. The scheduling quirk comes as a result of the “Blue Shirts” having to play their first 9-games of the season on the road, while the renovation of Madison Square Garden was completed. They didn’t get off to a particularly good start in that regard, losing last night to New Jersey 4-3 in overtime. On a positive note, they were able to salvage a point from yesterday’s game when Chris Kreider tied the contest with just 0:22 to go in the 3rd period.

Inside the Rangers Numbers

This will be the Rangers 3rd game in the last 4-days. They’re 7-3 in their last 10-games, and have gone under the total in just 6 of their last 26-games, when playing in the exact above mentioned scenario. The Rangers are a very profitable 36-17 in their last 53-games when playing with no rest, and have gone under the total just 3 times in their last 18-games after playing on the day before. The Rangers have had recent difficulty versus quality opponents in recent games. They’ve gone a dismal 2-9 in their last 11-games versus an opponent with a winning record. However, they’re 15-6 in their last 21 home games versus an opponent with a losing record on the road.

Peaks and Valleys

The Capitals have only played 29-games so far this year, but they’ve endured more peaks and valleys already, than some teams go through in an entire season. They started the season by losing 4 of their first 5, they’ve had a 4-game and a 3-game win streak, and also had identical 3-game in addition to 4-game losing streaks. Entering tonight’s game the capitals have won 3 of their last 4-games. They come off a 5-2 home win yesterday over Nashville.

Inside the Capitals Numbers

Scoring 5-goals in a game for the capitals hasn’t only been a good sign for that particular game, but has shown to prompt another strong performance in the next game for Washington. They’ve gone a very profitable 6-2 in their last 8, following a game in which they scored 5-goals or more. The Rangers are just 5-7 versus the money line at home this season. That’s also good news for the Capitals. Washington has gone 5-0 in their last 5 road games versus an opponent with a losing home record. The Capitals have gone under the total in 7 of their last 9-games overall.

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Play against any home team with a money line of -100 to -150 following a home game in which both teams scored 3-goals or more, and they’re playing their 3rd game in 4-days. When playing the road team in this exact situation, you would’ve been 23-8 (74.2%) since the beginning of the 2009-2010 year. Take the Capitals over the Rangers for your free NHL picks.

NHL Pick: Capitals +130 over the Rangers