Our NHL handicapping professional has gone a terrific 17-8-2 in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here's his NHL Pick for Game 3 of the series between the Rangers and Capitals on Monday.
Rangers and Caps Playoff Rivalry continues on Monday
The Capitals return home for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Playoff series against the New York Rangers on Monday at 7:35 PM ET. These Metropolitan Division rivals split the two games played at Madison Square Garden in New York, and both contests were decided by narrow one goal margins. According to the NHL odds at 5Dimes, both teams are -105 on the money line, and the posted total is 5.0.
Head to Head Encounters
These teams have gone 6-1-3 under the total in their last ten meetings played in Washington. Since the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, these teams have met in three separate series counting this one, and the games have gone 8-2-6 under the total.
The Capitals Braden Holtby has been brilliantly consistent during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In eight starts he’s posted a superb .942 save percentage, and the Capitals are 6-1-1 under the total in those outings.
Henrik Lundquist has been stellar in his seven postseason starts, compiling an impressive .938 save percentage, and the Rangers have gone 5-1-1 under the total in those appearances.
The New York Rangers are the best road team in the NHL this season. Heading into Monday’s game, they’ve gone a terrific 30-13 against the money line in away games. Hypothetically, if you made a $100 money line wager on the Rangers in each one of their road games this season, it would’ve resulted in a profit of $1880. The Rangers are even more profitable on the road if the total is 5.0 or less, going 20-6 against the money line in that exact situation.
Money Line Betting Angle
The Rangers have gone 4-0-1 under the total in their previous five games. “The Blue Shirts” are averaging exactly 3.0 goals per game on the season. Those two statistical facts, and the game being played later in the season, creates a very profitable money line betting system which has passed the test of time. I’ll definitely factor that valuable handicapping tool into the equation when making my NHL picks on Monday.
Any road team that’s -100 to -150 on the money line in the second half of the season, coming off four or more games in a row that went under the total, and they’re averaging 3.0 or more goals per game, resulted in the road team going 48-18 (72.7%) since 1996.
NHL Picks: Play the Rangers +105 at BookMaker