Washington Capitals at New York Rangers - 4/29/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Rangers (51-24-6) vs Washington Capitals (44-24-12)

Game Info: Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)

Betting Odds: New York Rangers -143 / Washington Capitals +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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

The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 44-24-12. Through 80 games, the Capitals are 4th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 272 times, good for a rank of 9th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 13th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.93 goals per game. So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 22nd 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 get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 51-24-6. This mark places them 2nd in the Metropolitan division. Through 81 games, the Rangers have scored 251 goals, giving them an average of 3.05. This output gives them a rank of 15th among NHL teams. On defense, New York Rangers is the 3rd ranked unit, giving up 2.49 goals per contest. So far, the Rangers have played the 24th 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 9th in the NHL.

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Through 77 games, the Washington Capitals goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 90 points. He has reached his mark of 50 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 53 assists to go along with his 24 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +8.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 3.02 goals per game. In his 43 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.0 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the New York Rangers' leader in points is Artemi Panarin. In New York's 81 games, he has come up with 22 goals and 74 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 12.4%. The team's top overall goal scorer is Chris Kreider. Of his 52 goals, 50.0% have come during power play time. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +21.0. New York's top goalie is Igor Shesterkin, who is giving up an average of 2.07 goals per game.In his 53 games played, he has turned in 38 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

In Washington's 80 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 45-32-3. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing away from home, has been a good bet with an over-under record of 22-17. On the season 64.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. Coming into this game, the Rangers have an over-under record of 32-47-2. When playing at home, the over is hitting less than half the time, going 17-22-1. On the season, 44.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 49.0% of the scoring coming from the Rangers. Look for this matchup to fall below the line of 5.5 goals, as both team's don't have strong enough offensive units, to overcome facing quality defensive teams.

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