NHL Picks: Rangers vs. Capitals 1st Game Odds

PJ Laferla

Thursday, May 2, 2013 2:21 PM GMT

Thursday, May. 2, 2013 2:21 PM GMT

Two familiar adversaries get set to kick off their opening round postseason series when the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals clash on the ice in Game 1 of the Conference Quarterfinals.

NHL Betting: 2013 NHL Playoffs Round 1

Game time is schedule for 7:35 PM EST and can be seen live on television, with national broadcast coverage provided by the NBC Sports Network.

Oddsmakers have set a price of -125 on the money line, with the advantage going to the Capitals. The games total has been set to 5 goals, with even money on the OVER.

You can also back Washington on the puck line, giving up 1 ½ goals, with a substantial payout of +200 from most book's NHL betting odds  . However, the Capitals will need to win by at least two goals for your ticket to be punch as a winner.

Now, let’s take a closer look at each team and determine where the best value lies for our NHL picks in this Game 1 postseason matchup.

During the regular season, the Rangers were ranked 12th in the NHL on offense, averaging 2.7 goals per game. On defense, they were among the best in the NHL, holding opponents to an average of just 2.3 per game, which ranked 4th among all NHL teams.

Meanwhile, the Capitals featured one of the top offenses in the league with an average of 3.1 goals scored per game. They weren't nearly as good on the defensive side of the ice, but were STILL decent, keeping opponents to just 2.7 per game, which ranked 16th in the league during the regular season.

What do we think about the first round playoff series between the Maple Leafs and the Bruins?

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In head to head action, the Rangers won the regular season series 2-0-1, but the home team has won five of the last seven overall meetings.

The Capitals are an impressive 7-1 in their last 8 games played at home and 16-5 in their last 21 games overall. Additionally, Washington is UNDER in 29 of their last 38 games played on a Thursday.

The Rangers capped off the regular season winning five of their last six overall, but were just 1-5 in their last six played on the road when facing a team with a winning percentage better than .600%.

In Conference Quarterfinals play, the Rangers are 3-0-3 UNDER in their last six, while the Capitals are 10-4-1 OVER in their last 15.

NHL Free Pick:

Rangers, Money Line +115 lines provided by  Bet365

Also, have a look at Mike Richardson's point of view regarding this very same New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals game.
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