New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 5/3/21

The Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers meet in NHL action from Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

The Washington Capitals will look to rebound from a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins in their last game. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Caps in scoring with 51 points including 14 goals and a team-high 37 assists while Alex Ovechkin has 42 points with a team-high 24 goals and 178 shots on goal. John Carlson has 42 points with 32 assists and TJ Oshie has 39 points with 18 goals and 21 assists and Tom Wilson has 31 points as well for the Caps this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.4 goals on 28.9 shots with a 26.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.9 goals on 29.1 shots with an 83.2% success rate on the PK.

The New York Rangers will try to bounce back from a 3-0 loss of their own to the New York Islanders in their last game. Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in scoring with 56 points including 17 goals and 39 assists while Adam Fox has 47 points with a team-high 42 assists. Ryan Strome and Mika Zibanejad each have 46 points with Strome logging 14 goals and 32 assists and Zibanejad chipping in a team-high 20 goals and 26 assists. Pavel Buchnevich has 44 points with 20 goals of his own along with 24 assists and Chris Kreider also has 20 goals as well this year. As a team, New York is averaging 3.3 goals on 29.3 shots with a 21.3% success rate on the PP while allowing 2.6 goals on 29.2 shots with an 83% success rate killing off penalties this season.

Washington is 5-1 in their last 6 road games and 23-10 in their last 33 games overall while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games as a favorite. New York is 8-21 in their last 29 games as an underdog and 9-3 in their last 12 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

It’s not often that you see the Washington Capitals with a cheap price, but I honestly think the price is where it is for a reason and it’s telling us all we need to know. The Rangers are the more desperate team here and need to win out and the Bruins to lose out to have any hopes of making the postseason. I think until the Rangers are eliminated, we see a desperate New York team, and as good as Washington is, I think the Rangers steal it.

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