Washington Capitals

New York Rangers


WAS Point Spread

Over 6.5 Game Totals

Money Line Pick

The Rangers had recently been one of the hottest teams in the league and were looking like a legitimate playoff contender. However, a recent three-game losing streak has put a pin in their playoff hopes for the moment. Washington on the other hand, got back to their winning ways with a close 4-3 over Minnesota this past weekend. They do play on Wednesday night, so this Thursday game could be a bad spot for them on the second night of a back to back. Note that the Capitals are 22-10-1 on the road, one of the best marks in the NHL. They are also 6-2-1 with no rest this season, so playing on Wednesday should not be a big deal. The Rangers are also worse at home than they are on the road, so I will lean with the Caps here to get the road win.

Over Under Pick

I like the total a little more here because these two teams tend to be high scoring sides. Both are averaging 3 goals or more per game. Furthermore, New York’s defense is starting to struggle, allowing 4.3 goals per game during their losing streak. The over is 6-2 in the last 8 games for the Rangers and 3-1 in the Capitals last 4 games (not including Wednesday’s result). I look for the defensive issues to persist for New York and will take the over with medium confidence.