Washington Capitals at New York Rangers - 2/4/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers - 2/4/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (3-4-2) vs Washington Capitals (6-1-3)

Game Info: Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -118 / Washington Capitals +100 --- Over/Under: 6.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers meet Thursday in NHL action at Madison Square Garden.

The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.8 goals per game and are scoring on 44.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with five goals, John Carlson has seven assists and Alex Ovechkin has 21 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 75.8 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up seven goals on 53 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 24 goals on 275 shots.

The New York Rangers need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The New York Rangers are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 14.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Artemi Panarin leads New York with five goals, Phillip Di Giuseppe has five assists and Mika Zibanejad has 30 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing three goals per game and are killing 75 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 13 goals on 139 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 12 goals on 105 shots.

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The Capitals are 5-11 in their last 16 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 Thursday games. The Rangers are 6-1 in their last 7 Thursday games and 3-10 in their last 13 overall. The over is 7-1 in Capitals last 8 overall. The under is 4-1 in Rangers last 5 overall. The Capitals are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The favorite is 36-16 in the last 52 meetings.

The Washington Capitals are obviously dealing with injuries and oddsmakers are expecting a downfall at some point, but we're still getting a talented team that knows how to win at favorable prices. We've hit a few times this season with the Caps in the underdog role and you have to like them in even money spots as well. The New York Rangers aren't lighting the world on fire and they've been on the losing side in seven of the last nine meetings against the Caps. Give me the even money.

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals +100

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