The NHL season is a long one, making it tough for any team to maintain a high level of consistency from start to finish. Winning and losing streaks are part and parcel of the game and some are better at managing it than others. The truth of the matter is that once the losses start to pile up, the confidence can go, and things can start falling apart very quickly. Goals suddenly seem that much harder to come by, while the net in the defensive end suddenly seems wider and taller. The New York Rangers are in a little bit of a mini slump at the moment that they need to break out of quickly. The chances of them doing that on Wednesday night seem rather slim, though. The Rangers will be on home ice, but they are going up against a team that is on a hot run right now. The Washington Capitals are the in-form team in the NHL right now and they are going to be a handful for the Rangers. It is probably no surprise to learn that the Capitals are favored by 1 ½, with the goal total for this one set at 6 ½.
When: Wednesday, November 20 at 8 PM EST
Where: Madison Square Garden, NYC
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Why bet on the Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals are in the sort of for and playing the type of hockey that won them the Stanley Cup a couple of seasons ago. Washington is coming into this one on the heels of back to back wins, but they are also a very impressive 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. Overall, they are 16-3-4, good for 36 points, which has them sitting with the best record in the league by a fairly decent margin. This will be the second time that the Capitals have faced the Rangers this season, winning the first meeting on home ice by a score of 5-2. If you think the road is a problem for this team, think again, as Washington is a stellar 10-1-1 away from home this season.
Why bet on the New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are coming into this one with 18 points from 18 games, which they got to by going 8-8-2 to this point in the season. They are sitting second last in the Metropolitan Division, and while they have games in hand to all the teams sitting above them, those games only matter of they pick up points and make up some ground. They are certainly not looking like a team that can do that right now, as they come into this one on the heels of 2 straight losses. They are 5-4-2 at home this season and have only managed to win 7 of their last 20 games on home ice. The Rangers are also just 1-4 SU in their last 5 home meetings with the Washington Capitals.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
These are a pair of teams heading in opposite directions right now and given how well the Capitals have been playing of late, it’s tough to imagine them dropping a game against a struggling Rangers team. I am on Washington to win and cover.
Washington Capitals 6 New York Rangers 2