Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers 03/05/2020 NHL Preview, Odds and Betting Predictions
Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers 03/05/2020 – The Washington Capitals must pick up themselves right away and not dwell on the 5-2 loss against the Philadelphia Flyers as they scheduled to fly to the Big Apple immediately to battle against the New York Rangers on Thursday for the second night of a back-to-back and begin a three-game road trip. The Capitals managed to keep their grasp on the top spot in the Metropolitan Division but the danger of conceding their position is magnified anew as the Flyers trail by just a hairline in points after their masterful showing on Wednesday. Now faced with another challenge on the road where they have lost five straight, the Capitals will play the home spoilers role and try to break out of the slump by conforming to the -140 road favorites tag by the updated NHL Odds as the Rangers are offered at +120 as underdogs inside the MSG.
Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers 03/05/2020
When: Thursday, March 5, 7:00 PM ET
Where: Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City
TV: NBCS Washington
Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers 03/05/2020 Betting Odds:
|Washington Capitals||-1.5 (+160)||6.5 o (-120)||-145|
|New York Rangers||+1.5 (-180)||6.5 u (+109)||+131|
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) March 5, 2020
It has been a see-saw progression for the Washington Capitals in their struggle to seal the top spot in the Metropolitan. After squandering an early upper hand, the Capitals went on a salvo to take the division supremacy back. But a 4-7-1 tally over their last 12 games where they accounted for just 2.5 goals per night has put them back at the edge of getting surpassed with the Flyers and the Pittsburgh Penguins closely lurking behind. Skipper Alex Ovechkin, who has 45 goals, was held scoreless in the loss to Philadelphia, denying him to inch closer, or even move past David Pastrnak and Auston Matthews to become the NHL’s top goal-scorer of the season.
Players to watch: John Carlson (GP 66, G 15, A 58, PTS 73), Alex Ovechkin (GP 65, G 45, A 18, PTS 63), Jakub Vrana (GP 66, G 25, A 26, PTS 51).
New York Rangers
Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the defending Stanley Cup champions St. Louis Blues pushed the Rangers down to four points out of the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. But it’s not yet the end of the road for New York as they can still pick up their bearings to pull off a late push for a postseason berth. They will have to lick their wounds as they face the East powerhouse Washington whom they actually trounced early into the season with a 7-0 victory in November that snapped a previous seven-game losing skid against the Capitals.
Players to watch: Artemi Panarin (GP 65, G 32, A 58, PTS 90), Mika Zibanejad (GP 53, G 33, A 33, PTS 66), Ryan Strome (GP 66, G 18, A 41, PTS 59).
Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers Betting Predictions
Capitals are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest.
Washington is 11-5 in their last 16 Thursday games.
Capitals are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.
Over is 8-1-1 in Capitals last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
Over is 6-1 in Washington’s last 7 vs. Metropolitan.
Under is 5-1 in Capitals last 6 road games.
Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games.
New York is 13-5 in their last 18 vs. Metropolitan.
Rangers are 9-4 in their last 13 overall.
Over is 5-0 in Rangers last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
Over is 4-0 in New York’s last 4 vs. Metropolitan.
Under is 5-1 in Rangers last 6 home games.
Capitals vs Rangers Betting Picks
The Capitals still vividly remember how they were annihilated by the Rangers the last time they met. There will be no warrant for the same result to be served on Thursday as Washington will play with a chip on its shoulder to bring New York down and send them a message about who really owns their match up.
Score Prediction: Capitals 4, Rangers 3.