Rangers vs. Capitals Free Pick
WASHINGTON, D.C. (ATS Consultants) – This is the third game of the Eastern Conference semifinal between the New York Rangers and the Washington Caps. The series is tied at 1-1 after the Caps won the last game 3-2. The puck drops at 7:35pmET from the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the Caps as -110 favorites, while the over/under total for this game sits at 5 goals. The Rangers enter play with a 56-26-9 overall record and is 33-35 Under, while Washington is 47-34-10 overall and is 43-42 Over.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Caps opened up as a -116 favorite and moved down to -110 at most books, while the total opened up at 4.5 and has remained there.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 69% 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 OVER. According to latest NHL trends, Washington is 4-0 Over last 4 playoff games as a favorite of -110 to -150, 7-2-1 Over last 10 Conference Semifinals games and 5-2 Over last 7 games as a favorite. Rangers are 5-0-1 Over last 6 games as an underdog and 7-1-6 Over last 14 road games. Washington has not been home since April 22, when they lost to Boston in overtime, 4-3. Two of their last three games at home went over. Washington will try and continue to play a counter-punching style but the Rangers have to get more pressure on rookie goaltender Braden Holtby, who has been great at times but also has given up some soft goals. The Caps have struggled at home due to the pressure of winning the big win, while the Rangers have struggled to beat Washington on the road. The Rangers will come out firing tonight and the Caps will need to pressure Henrik Lundqvist to take a 2-1 lead.
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