NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday 5/9

NHL Betting News and Notes Wednesday 5/9

What Bettors Need to Know: Rangers at Capitals
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New York Rangers at Washington Capitals (-110, 5)

THE STORY:
In one of the most closely contested matchups of the entire Stanley Cup playoffs, a high-sticking double minor has changed the entire complexion of the series. The New York Rangers used a late man advantage to post a stunning Game 5 win over Washington, and will look to eliminate the Capitals when the teams meet in Game 6 Wednesday night in the U.S. capital. New York is seeking its first berth in the Eastern Conference finals since 1994 - the last time it won the championship.

ABOUT THE RANGERS: New York was just 6.6 seconds away from returning to Washington down 3-2 in the best-of-seven - and even netminder Henrik Lundqvist said he was mentally preparing for that fate. But Brad Richards' late goal sent the game to overtime and, with the Rangers still on a power play, veteran defenseman Marc Staal unleashed a shot from the point that caromed past Capitals netminder Braden Holtby for the winning goal. "It wasn't a set play or anything off the draw," Staal noted after the game. "Just a good clean draw, and guys went to the net, and (Holtby) couldn't see it."

ABOUT THE CAPITALS: Joel Ward has known how it feels to be the hero - he scored the overtime goal in Game 7 that moved Washington past Boston in the opening round. But it was his four-minute high-sticking penalty on the Rangers' Carl Hagelin. "This definitely stings," Ward said. "It was a hard-fought battle. It's tough when you let the team down on a play like that." Capitals head coach Dale Hunter stuck by his player. "It was an accident," Dale Hunter said. "Those are the breaks of hockey. It accidentally came up. It's just a hockey play." Washington has yet to win a postseason game (0-5) when the opponent scores first.

TRENDS:

- The under is 5-0-6 in New York's last 11 overall.
- The under is 3-0-3 in Washington's last six.
- The Rangers are 2-5 in their last seven games in Washington.

OVERTIME:

1. Staal has five points in the playoffs after registering just five in 46 regular-season games.

2. New York dominated the physical play in Game 5, finishing with a 29-14 edge in hits.

3. Washington had held the Rangers without a shot on their first three man-advantage chances before Ward's late double minor.

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NY RANGERS (58-27-0-9, 125 pts.) at WASHINGTON (48-34-0-12, 108 pts.)

Top Trends for this game.
WASHINGTON is 19-7 ATS (+26.0 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent this season.
NY RANGERS are 58-35 ATS (+8.6 Units) in all games this season.
NY RANGERS are 29-20 ATS (+49.1 Units) in a road game where where the total is 5 or less over the last 2 seasons.
WASHINGTON is 2-11 ATS (-9.5 Units) after 3 or more consecutive unders this season.
WASHINGTON is 9-15 ATS (-13.5 Units) in home games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
WASHINGTON is 12-10-0 straight up against NY RANGERS over the last 3 seasons
8 of 15 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Under=+0.1 Units)


NY RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON
NY Rangers are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games
NY Rangers are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games on the road
Washington is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against NY Rangers
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Washington's last 18 games when playing at home against NY Rangers


NY Rangers at Washington
NY Rangers: 15-5 SU away off a home game
Washington: 2-11 SU off 3+ Unders

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Rangers (3-2) @ Capitals -- Washington killed 32 of 36 penalties in playoffs this spring, until Rangers scored twice on same 5:00 major late in Game 5, getting the tying goal with 0:06 left, winner 1:35 into OT. Last four games were decided by one goal each, with two of last three decided in OT. Caps have played six OT games in playoffs. Rangers are 4-17 on power play in last in series. Rangers had 39-18 edge in shots on goal last game, and Caps blocked 25 more. Rangers are 3-2 on road in playoffs, with all five games decided by one goal. Caps are just 2-3 at home in playoffs. Seems like this series is destined to go OT in Game 7.

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