Saturday NHL Free Pick
(The Spread) – The New York Rangers have their backs against the wall Saturday afternoon in Game 5 as they face elimination. Will they manage to stay alive or are the Washington Capitals set to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals?View Current NHL Playoff Betting Odds
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com have made the Capitals -200 favorites on the ML, while the Rangers are +170 on the moneyline. The over/under total for this game is currently 5 goals.
The Rangers have given a valiant effort through the first four games of the series, yet have only one win to show for it. Whether it be a blown lead or an errant play in overtime, New York has had trouble playing consistent hockey necessary to win a series such as this.
One constant for New York has been the play of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who has turned back over 92 percent of the shots against him. In the Rangers' 4-3 double overtime loss in Game 4, he stopped 49 shots before Jason Chimera put one past him for the game-winner.
NHL Free Pick: Lundqvist gives the Rangers a chance to win every time he steps between the pipes. He has been stellar this entire series and with elimination on his mind today, I expect him to put forth another unbelievable performance. If the Rangers can score two or three goals against young Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth, they should win this one despite the odds stacked against them.
SATURDAY NHL FREE PICK: NEW YORK RANGERS +170