New York Rangers at Washington Capitals - 3/28/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Rangers at Washington Capitals - 3/28/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (22-7-4) vs New York Rangers (15-13-4)

Game Info: Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -135 / New York Rangers +121 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals meet Sunday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The New York Rangers look for a win after winning five of their last eight games. The New York Rangers are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Chris Kreider leads New York with 16 goals, Adam Fox has 23 assists and Mika Zibanejad has 96 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Rangers are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 86.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Igor Shesterkin has given up 34 goals on 437 shots faced and Alexandar Georgiev has given up 33 goals on 319 shots.

The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 17 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 22 assists and John Carlson has 85 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 21 goals on 229 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 60 goals on 665 shots.

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The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 16-5 in their last 21 overall. The under is 4-1-2 in Rangers last 7 road games. The under is 4-1-1 in Capitals last 6 overall. The Rangers are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Washington and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The favorite is 37-16 in the last 53 meetings.

The New York Rangers have played some decent hockey as of late and have won three of the four meetings this season against the Capitals. With that said, the Rangers haven't had much recent success on the end of back to backs, and they're running into a Capitals team that's healthy and on one of those runs they seem to go on every season. Early games also usually heavily favor the home team. I have to ride the hot hand here and back the Caps. 

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Randy’s Pick Washington Capitals -135

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