Wednesday evening in the NHL and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the struggling New York Rangers duke it out with the Washington Capitals. This contest has a start time of 7:00 pm and will take place at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The Rangers are off a 3-2 shootout win over the Avalanche, while the Capitals are off a 4-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs. The Capitals took three of the four meetings between these teams last year.
Rangers Take Down The Avs In A Shootout
The New York Rangers have not had a lot to cheer about in the early part of the season, but they may be getting on track as they come in having won two of their last three games. They had lost their first four games of the year. They have a tough test in this one as the Capitals have lost their previous two games in a row and will be desperate for a win. Still, the Rangers are taking a step in the right direction and are just looking to be competitive the rest of the way. The offense is still a work in progress for the Rangers as they come in averaging only 2.33 gpg, which is 27th in the league, while at the other end of the ice, they have allowed 3.33 gpg, which is 21st in the league.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 17, 2018
Scoring in the win was Chris Kreider, which was his 3rd of the year and Kevin Hayes, which was his 1st of the year. Kevin Shattenkirk notched the deciding goal in the shootout. Taking the win was Henrik Lundqvist, who allowed just two goals on 33 shot attempts to move to 2-3 with a 1.99 GAA on the year. Alexandar Georgiev is expected to get the start in this one, and he allowed seven goals on 39 shot attempts in his lone start this year, which was an 8-5 loss at Carolina. In his career, he is 4-5 with a 3.56 GAA, and a .908 save percentage in 11 games. He faced the Caps once last year and allowed three goals on just six shot attempts in a 4-2 Washington win.
Not The Start The Champs Were Hoping For
The Washington Capitals are the defending champs, and they started their season with a 7-0 win over the Bruins, but since then they have gone just 1-3. In their latest game, they fell at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-2. The Maple Leafs have been picked by many to win the Stanley Cup this year, so it was a tough loss for the Capitals to take. The Caps have now been outscored 10-2 in their last two games. The game was tied at 2-2 heading to the 3rd period, but the Caps were outshot 14-8 and outscored 2-0 in the final frame. They have a good shot at getting back on track against Alexandar Georgiev, who looked awful in his first start this year. Scoring in the loss to the Leafs was Chandler Stephenson, which was his 1st of the year and Evgeny Kuznetsov, which was his 4th. Kuznetsov has five goals and 12 assists in 17 career games against the Rangers.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 14, 2018
The Caps are 6th in the league in scoring at 4.00 gpg. Their problem has been at the other end of the ice as they come in ranked 25th in the league in goals allowed, giving up 3.80 gpg so far. Absorbing the loss was Braden Holtby, who allowed four goals on 28 shot attempts to fall to 2-2 with a 3.26 GAA and .896 save percentage on the year, including 2-1 with a 2.02 GAA and a .929 save percentage here at home. In his career, he has gone 126-58 with a 2.19 GAA, and a .925 save percentage in his home games and 10-10 with a 2.42 GAA and a .920 save percentage against the Rangers.
- 98-42 in their last 140 home games.
- 35-16 in their last 51 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
New York is:
- 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest.
- 6-21 in their last 27 vs. the Eastern Conference
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It will not be a good game for the Rangers. They are taking on a Washington team that has had a couple of days to stew over a tough home loss to the Maple Leafs. Their offense didn’t play well in that game, but it should get back on track in this one against Alexandar Georgiev, who was horrible in his lone start this year. He faced the Caps once last year, and he allowed three goals on just six shot attempts. The Capitals should win this game rather easy.
Prediction: Washington -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
We could see a lot of goals in this game. Georgiev has not been a good starter in his brief career, and after scoring just two goals in their last two games, the Capitals should explode in this one. Braden Holtby has been solid at home, but the New York offense should be able to get some off of him. The Over is 42-19-11 in New York’s last 72 vs. Metropolitan and 12-3-1 in Washington’s last 16 games playing on 3 or more days rest.
Half-Time Side Pick
The Capitals are off a tough loss against the Maple Leafs, and they have had a few days to stew over that loss. They should jump out to a nice early lead in this one against Georgiev, who just hasn’t been that good in his career. Look for the Caps to start quickly in this one.
Prediction: Washington (First Period)
Half-Time Total Bet
This one should be rather easy as the Caps will jump out to the quick lead in this and they should score at least two goals in the first. The Rangers don’t have a good offense, but they should score at least one in the first.
Prediction: Over 1.5 (First Period)