Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers - 10/18/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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New York Rangers (2-2) at Washington Capitals (4-2-2)
NHL Hockey: Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -195 / New York Rangers +155 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals meet Friday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The New York Rangers need a victory here to rebound from a 2-2 start to the season. The New York Rangers are averaging 3.7 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Mika Zibanejad leads New York with four goals, Jacob Trouba has three assists and Brady Skjei has eight shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Henrik Lundqvist has given up seven goals on 73 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has allowed one goal on 32 shots. The New York Rangers have allowed four or more goals in three of their first four games.
The Washington Capitals could use a feel good win after losing four of their last six games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with five goals, John Carlson has 11 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 20 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has allowed seven goals on 104 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 18 goals on 117 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in five of their last six games.
The Rangers are 30-64 in their last 94 games as an underdog, 21-46 in their last 67 road games and 14-38 in their last 52 Friday games. The Capitals are 36-15 in their last 51 Friday games, 130-61 in their last 191 games as a home favorite and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The under is 4-0 in Rangers last 4 overall. The over is 7-1 in Capitals last 8 home games. The Rangers are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings.
The Washington Capitals have won nine of the last 10 meetings against the New York Rangers, and they're catching them on the end of a back to back. The Rangers have defensive issues out of the gate and the Capitals won't stay struggling for much longer based on their resume of success. The Capitals should be able to grind out a victory on their home ice.