Our NHL consultant previews Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Rangers and Caps on Friday. Can the Rangers stave off what would be a shocking early elimination from the postseason? Will the trend of low scoring games in this series continue? Read this insightful article to get all the answers.
Back to MSG for Game 5 between Caps and Rangers
The New York Rangers host the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff series on Friday at 7:05 PM ET. According to the NHL betting odds at Wagerweb, the Rangers are a -165 money line favorite, and the posted total is 4.5. The Capitals currently hold a comfortable 3-1 series lead, and going under the total in the first four games has gone 3-0-1.
Low Playoff Scores prevail for Capitals and Rangers
The Washington Capitals have gone 8-2-1 under the total during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including 8-1-1 when Braden Holtby has been their starting goaltender. Speaking of Holtby, he’s gone 6-4 in the playoffs with a brilliant .950 save percentage. The Capitals have allowed one goal or less in six of their previous eight games. They’ve also scored two goals or less in each of the previous six, and eight of their last nine contests.
The New York Rangers have gone 7-1-1 under the total during the 2015 postseason, including 6-0-1 in their last 7. All of those games came with Henrik Lundquist between the pipes for “The Blue Shirts”. Lundqvist has compiled a stellar .937 save percentage in those nine starts. The Rangers have allowed two goals or less in each of their previous seven games, and has scored two goals or less in six of the last eight.
NHL Totals System
The Washington Capitals have won each of the last two games in this series by scores of 1-0 and 2-1. Those results and scores combine to set up a very profitable totals betting system which has certainly passed the test of time, and is an additional bonus to an already preconceived notion of a low scoring game for one of my NHL picks on Friday.
NHL Picks: Capitals and Rangers to go under the total of 4.5 at Wagerweb