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Rangers Smart Bet To Storm Capitals

It is a rivalry based on proximity and history. It is a rivalry based on perception and self-actualization. It is the New York Rangers-Washington Capitals rivalry. Take that into consideration when placing hockey bets today.

The teams have competed against each other 295 times in the regular season, beginning on Oct. 9, 1974. They have met another nine times in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Rangers Smart Bet To Storm Capitals
Rangers Smart Bet To Storm Capitals

It has been emotional and skilled and violent and great. Another chapter will be written on Saturday when the Rangers travel down the Northeast Corridor to visit a Capitals squad trying to ascertain what they are.

Which makes viewing the game through Vegas NHL odds an interesting proposition. Pun unintended.

 

Rangers vs Capitals Game Information

  • Game: Rangers (18-5-1) vs Capitals (12-8-3).
  • Location: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
  • Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 9, 7 p,m. ET
  • Rangers vs Capitals Live Stream: NHL.TV

 

Rangers vs Capitals Betting Lines

 

Rangers vs Capitals Best Bets

New York is a -175 moneyline favorite and +160 at -1½ goals. That means bettors should look to take the Rangers against the NHL spread picks.

Even though they are coming off a 6-2 loss to Ottawa Tuesday night, the Rangers have been among the NHL’s best teams. The Rangers have won 7 of their last 10 games, and over the course of the season, have triumphed 18 times in 24 games.

That’s the positive. So, too, is the reality that they recognized the details in their game had been slipping prior to the blowout loss in the Canadian capital.

We understand we haven’t been at our best, we talked about areas we can improve and what’s been different this last little stretch versus the major chunk of the year,” New York defenseman Jacob Trouba told New York Post columnist Larry Brooks during Thursday’s practice“You’re not going to go through the whole year playing great, you’re going to have ebbs and flows through the season. It’s not going unaddressed but it’s also, we’re in a really good spot, we’ve put ourselves in a good spot and there’s no need to overreact. You address the situation, see it, understand it, make the changes and get back to where we want to be.

While the Rangers appear to be self-aware enough to self-correct, the Capitals are struggling. Washington has lost three straight and five of seven.

Despite the presence of Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals have scored a league-low 54 goals. Washington’s 9% conversion rate on the power play is last in the NHL, while its 2.35 goals scored per game average ranks 31st.

Individually, Dylan Strome and Ovechkin lead the Capitals with 10 goals and 15 points, respectively. Ovechkin, who entered the season with 822 goals, has scored five times this season.

So, yes, the Capitals are struggling offensively. Which is problematic since they have not yet shown an ability to defend efficiently. Washington enters the game allowing three goals per game.

Other than that, things are going well for our nation’s capital’s National Hockey League franchise.

NHL Pick: New York Rangers -175

 

 

Questions Of the Day

Which player will score the most points in the game?


Artemi Panarin is averaging 1.54 points per game. Washington has allowed 69 goals in 23 games, an average of three goals a game. Look for the Hart Trophy candidate to feast.

Will the Rangers or the Capitals win the game?


the Rangers have won 7 of 10. By comparison, Washington is 5-4-1 in the same stretch. Roll with the New Yorkers.

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