Capitals vs. Rangers Game 5 Free Pick
NEW YORK, NY (ATS Consultants) – This is the fifth game of the Eastern Conference semifinal between the New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals. The Caps tied the series on Saturday with a 3-2 win. The puck drops at 7:35pmET from Madison Square Garden in NYC.
ODDS: Oddsmakers have installed the Rangers as -150 favorites, while the over/under total for this game sits at 4.5 goals. The Caps enter play with a 48-34-11 overall record and is 43-43 Over/Under, while the Rangers are 57-27-9 overall and is 33-36 Under.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Rangers opened up as a -155 favorite and has moved down to -150 there 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, 77% 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, Caps are 9-3-3 Over last 15 games as a road underdog of +110 to +150. The oddsmakers made this a low total so even though the trends favor the under, that was with totals of 5 and 5.5 goals, New York has to be the aggressor this game at home after putting up just 20 shots on Saturday and only three in the first period. Washington needed a.power-play goal from struggling defenseman Mike Green with 5:48 remaining in the third period to save the series. There will be more pressure on rookie Braden Holtby, who has helped carry the Caps in postseason. But Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrum are finally playing like superstars for the Caps. This could series could go 7 gaes.
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