The Capitals and Rangers are set to face off at 7:00 ET on MSG2. The Rangers will host the game at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The over/under for this game is set at 6 goals, and the Rangers are the home favorites against the Capitals in a Metropolitan division matchup.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS VS NEW YORK RANGERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New York Rangers -1.5

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, December 27th.

WHY BET THE NEW YORK RANGERS:

  • With the Rangers being favored by 1.5, our NHL analytics models has this one playing out 4-3 in favor of the Rangers.
  • Take the Rangers on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Capitals (+1.5)

Do the Capitals Have What it Takes on the Road?

Through 31 games, the Capitals have achieved an overall record of 17-9-5. When on the road, Washington holds a 8-5-2 record, while they are 9-4-3 when playing at home. They are currently positioned 4th in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 7th in the Eastern conference.

When it came to the puck line, Washington heads in with a 14-17 record. On the road, their mark is 7-8 and their overall home performance is 7-9 vs. the puck line. For the season, Washington’s games have finished with an average of 5.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.1. Overall, the Capitals have an over/under record of 9-21-1.

In their last three games away from home, the Capitals have a straight up record of 2-1 while going 1-2 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 2 goals per game in these contests.

For their offensive performance, the Capitals come in averaging 2.4 goals per game this season, which is 31st in the NHL. In the category of shots on goal per game, they are 32nd in the league. The Capitals went 5-3 in games where they had more shots than their opponents. However, in games with fewer shots on goal, their record was 12-6.

Washington’s leading goal scorer is Dylan Strome. So far this season, he has 13 goals, placing him 45th in the NHL. Strome also comes into the game with 7 assists.

In terms of defense, the Rangers head into the game ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.5 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 14th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. New York, goalie Darcy Kuemper has started 16 games in this season. His current record is 8-6, and his save percentage stands at 0.6530612244897959%.

Can the Rangers Offense Score Enough at Home?

Through 32 games, the Rangers have achieved an overall record of 23-8-1. When on the road, New York holds a 12-4-1 record, while they are 11-4-0 when playing at home. This record has them sitting 1st in the Eastern Metropolitan division and 1st in the Eastern conference.

Against the puck line, New York is 15-17. Their road puck line record so far is 10-7 while sitting 5-10 at home against the puckline. Games involving New York have an average of 6.2 goals per game this season. Their average over/under line is 6.1. In terms of their over/under performance, the Rangers come in with a record of 15-15-2.

Across their last three home contests, New York has been good against the puck line posting a mark of 2-1. Their overall mark in these games was 2-1, while averaging 2 goals per game.

On offense, the Rangers are averaging 3.3 goals per game which is 13th in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are 22nd in the league. In terms of the Rangers’ offense during power plays, they are 2nd in power play goals and 23rd in shorthanded goals.

New York’s leading scorer is Artemi Panarin. So far, he has 18 goals which is 8th in the NHL. Panarin also comes into the game with 26 assists.

In terms of defense, the Rangers head into the game ranked 24th in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 29.5 shots per game against New York. So far, they are 14th in shutouts, achieving 2 shutouts.

Entering the game, goalie Igor Shesterkin has started 20 games this season. His current record stands at 13-7, and his save percentage is 0.8469387755102041%.