The N.Y. Rangers will go head to head against the Washington Capitals once again. Find out what we think the result will be and our best value NHL pick for tonight's fixture.
Rangers attempt to stay alive in Game 6 at Washington
The Washington Capitals return home and will attempt to close out their series versus the New York Rangers on Sunday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Pinnacle, Washington is a -119 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. The Capitals currently hold a 3-2 lead, and all five games in this series have been decided by one goal. The five games have also gone 4-0-1 under the total, and there’s been a paltry average of 3.0 goals combined scored per game.
Rangers Playoff Update
“The Blue Shirts” have gone 8-1-1 under the total in their ten playoff games, and that includes 7-0-1 during the last eight. They’ve allowed two goals or less in nine of those ten contests, and have done so in each of the previous eight. Henrik Lundquist has been between the pipes for all the Rangers games this postseason, and has a superb .942 save percentage in those outings. One aspect of their game which has suffered during these playoffs has been the power play. The Rangers are just 4-for-31 (12.9%) with their man advantage opportunities. However, they’ve been very good when shorthanded, killing off 18 of 21 power play chances by the opposition.
Caps Playoff Update
The story of the 2015 postseason for Washington hasn’t been Alex Ovechkin. It’s been the play of Braden Holtby in goal. Holtby has gone 9-1-1 under the total during his eleven playoff starts, and he’s compiled a remarkable .951 save percentage in those outings. It’s a good thing for the Capitals that Holtby is red-hot, because they’ve struggled to score with any type of regularity. Washington has scored two goals or less in each of their previous seven, and ten of its twelve playoff games overall. Washington had statistically the best power play in the NHL during the regular season, converting on better than 25% of their man advantage situations. However, that’s hardly been the case in the playoffs, going just 3-for-21 (14.3%). Contrarily, the penalty killing has been fabulous. The Capitals have killed off 24 of 25 (96%) of their opponents power play chances.
The Rangers were able to stave off elimination in Game 5 by tying it up at 1-1 with 1:40 to play in regulation time, and then ultimately winning in overtime. I fully expect the President’s Trophy winner to carry that momentum directly into Game 6 on the road. Playing on the road isn’t something the Rangers have been fearful of by any stretch of the imagination. They were the best road team in the NHL this season. They head into Sunday’s game with a 30-15 money line record during away games, and that includes 27-9 in the last thirty-six. Washington may regret squandering a golden opportunity to close out the Rangers in Game 5 when it’s all said and done. I’m siding with the visitors for one of my NHL picks on Sunday.
NHL Pick: Play the Rangers +109 on the money line over the Capitals at Pinnacle.