Saturday NHL Playoff Free Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the Rangers as -170 favorites in most books, while the over/under total for this game sits at 5 goals. Washington enters play with a 46-33-10 overall record and is 19-21-5 on the road, while the NY Rangers are 55-25-9 overall and is 29-13-3 at home.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Rangers opened up as a -170 favorite and remained there at most books, while the total opened up at 5 and has remained there.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 67% of NHL public bettors currently favor the Rangers. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NHL FREE PICK: Take the Washington. According to latest NHL trends, the Capitals are 6-0 in their last 6 Saturday games, 11-2 in their last 13 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous game and are 5-1 in their last 6 games as a road underdog. The Rangers are Rangers are 3-7 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record, 1-4 in their last 5 games following a win, 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and are 1-6 in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games. The Rangers are coming off an emotional Game 7 win over Ottawa on Thursday, while Washington ended their series in Boston on Wednesday. The Caps have been road warriors in their last playoff series, winning 3 of the last 4 games in Boston. They match up better against the Rangers than the Bruins, who were bigger and physical. Washington has won two of their last three games in the series. Goalie Braden Holtby was spectacular at times in the first round. He certainly needed the two days off.
SATURDAY NHL FREE PICK: Washington CAPITALS +150