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Bet Rangers Outright vs Capitals in NHL Picks on April 21

It has been 13 years since a team with the most points in the regular season advanced to the Stanley Cup Final and that is a trend the New York Rangers will look to end in these playoffs. Washington comes to Madison Square Garden in the opening game of the first-round series. The Rangers are listed by the NHL latest lines as the favorite in the series opener.

This is the first time the Capitals and the Rangers are meeting in the playoffs since 2015. The Rangers won that series in seven games on an overtime goal by Derek Stepan with all seven games being decided by one goal. The home team won all four games played in the regular season with each team winning twice and the Capitals and the Rangers each scoring nine goals.

Bet Rangers Outright vs Capitals in NHL Picks on April 21
Bet Rangers Outright vs Capitals in NHL Picks on April 21

The NHL betting lines have +125 for the Rangers to cover against the puck line at -1½ goals with Washington coming in at -145.

The Rangers have +250 odds to win the series in five games, +325 odds to win in six games with +400 odds to sweep the Capitals, and +450 to need seven games to advance. The best odds for the Capitals to pull the upset are +1000 for the Capitals to win in seven games.

When looking at Stanley Cup odds, the Rangers are tied for third at +800 for the best odds to win the Stanley Cup. Washington has the longest championship odds at +15000 among the 16 playoff teams.


Capitals vs Rangers Game Information

  • Game: Capitals 40-31-11 vs Rangers 55-23-4
  • Date/Time: Sunday, April 21, 3 p.m. ET
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
  • Capitals vs Rangers Live Stream: NHL.com


The Rangers have won 15 of their last 18 games as the home favorite and have covered 10 of those games. The Capitals are 6-7-1 outright and 7-7 against the puck line in the last 14 games as the road underdog.




New York is priced at -230 to win the game outright while the Capitals come in at +190 in our NHL betting lines.

The Capitals and the Rangers meet on Sunday, April 21, at Madison Square Garden in New York in the series opener. You can watch the game on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET.


Capitals vs Rangers Odds and Spreads




  • The Rangers have won five of their last six home games against the Capitals.
  • The Rangers are 43-20-2 as a favorite this season.
  • Washington had a 26-37-9 mark as the underdog in the regular season.
  • New York was 18-23 against the spread at home.
  • The Rangers had 22 of 41 home games finish over the total.
  • The total went under in four of Washington’s last six games
  • Thirteen of the Rangers’ last 17 games went over the total.
  • New York has had 11 of its last 14 games against Eastern Conference teams go over the total.


Capitals vs Rangers ATS Pick: Rangers -1½ (+125)

The Rangers are the only Eastern Conference team to win 30 home games after going 4-1 at home over the last five games and look to carry that success into the postseason.

The last time the Rangers won the Presidents’ Trophy, they had to contend with the Capitals on the way to the 2015 Eastern Conference Final.

Washington dropped two of its last six road games and is the only playoff team with a losing record on the road so don’t be surprised to see the Rangers look like a team that finished 23 points ahead of the Capitals in the Metropolitan Division standings.

Defensemen Nick Jensen and Rasmus Sandin are questionable for Washington while defenseman Ethan Bear is out.



Capitals vs Rangers Over/Under Pick: Over 5½ (Even)

When looking at the NHL over/under predictions, keep in mind that six of the last eight games for the Rangers against Metropolitan Division teams finished over the total. However, nine combined goals were scored in the two games at Madison Square Garden between the Capitals and the Rangers.

The Rangers and the Capitals were 24th and 29th in goals per game in April but with the total set at 5½ goals, don’t be surprised to see this game go over that total.



Capitals vs Rangers Prop Pick: New York LW Alexis Lafreniere to have 1+ Goals (+200)

Lafreniere has five goals in 11 games against the Capitals over the last three seasons and after scoring a career-high 28 goals, he could be a solid pick at +200 to score a goal in the series opener when making your player prop bets.



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Capitals vs Rangers Prediction

Rangers 4, Capitals 2



Questions of the Day

Which team has a better ATS record, the Capitals or the Rangers?

Washington is 41-41 against the spread this season compared to a 40-42 record for the Rangers.

What is a good player prop option for the Washington Capitals on April 21?

The last time the Capitals won a best-of-seven games series came when Alexander Ovechkin scored in the deciding game against the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. Not knowing how many playoff games he has left, Ovechkin figures to be raring to go in this game so take a look at the +160 odds for Ovechkin to score a goal.

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