Washington Capitals at New York Rangers - 2/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at New York Rangers - 2/24/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers (32-13-5) vs Washington Capitals (28-15-9)

Game Info: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers +140 / Washington Capitals +150 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Rangers Rangers host the Washington Capitals in Thursday NHL Action.

The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 28-15-9. Through 52 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 171 times, good for a rank of 8th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 12th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.75 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 27th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 12th ranked team in the NHL.

The New York Rangers Rangers get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 32-13-5. This mark places them 3rd in the Metropolitan division. Through 50 games, the Rangers have scored 151 goals, giving them an average of 2.94. This output gives them a rank of 16th among NHL teams. On defense, New York Rangers are the 3rd ranked unit, giving up 2.5 goals per contest. So far, the Rangers have played the 23rd toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account New York's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 10th in the NHL.

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Through 50 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 62 points. He has reached his mark of 31 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.8%. So far, 26.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 33 assists to go along with his 15 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +13.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.84 goals per game.

Coming into this game, the New York Rangers Rangers leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New Yorks' 50 games, he has come up with 14 goals and 41 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.1%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 33 goals, 52.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +2.0. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.01 goals per game. In his 32 games played, he has turned in 25 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Washington's 52 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 30-20. So far, the Capitals have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 16 of their 25 road games. On the season, the Washington Capitals have a per-game scoring differential of 0.5. Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.96 goals. Heading into their game with the New York Rangers Rangers, the Capitals have a 3-2 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 19 goals, accounting for 56% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.25 goals per game 4 times. In 5 on 5 situations, the Washington Capitals have a shooting percentage of 8.5%, placing them above the league average. Their shooting efficiency is a key reason for their offensive success as they are also generating 5 on 5 scoring chances at an above-average rate. Look for this hot play to continue with a win over the Rangers.

 

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Joe’s Pick Capitals +150

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