The Washington Capitals (33-20-7) meet the New York Rangers (26-25-8) on Sunday afternoon at the Capital One Arena in a heated rivalry between the two Metropolitan Division franchises.
The Caps had road trips at the Toronto Maples Leafs and Buffalo Sabres respectively on the Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon prior to this game. Before that they won 3-2 on the road at the Los Angeles Kings on Monday evening.
The Caps are currently averaging 3.32 Goals per Game, leaving them tied 7th overall, while they are allowing 3.17 Goals per Game (22nd overall). On an individual basis, Alex Ovechkin has scored 42 goals to date, while John Carlson has provided 45 assists.
The Rangers had games on home-ice against the Minnesota Wild and New Jersey Devils respectively on the Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon before this game. Previous to that, their last game ended in a 2-1 win at the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday evening.
The Rangers are averaging 2.81 Goals per Game (tied 22nd overall), while defensively they are allowing 3.27 Goals per Game (25th overall). Mika Zibanejad is the Rangers’ top player for both goals and assists, with 26 and 32 respectively.
Although the Rangers recent form isn’t too bad, there is a gulf in class between these two teams and any predictions have to take that and the Caps home-ice advantage into account. With Ovechkin’s ability to score goals another big factor, the Caps have to be the tips to win this game on the Money Line odds.
Pick: Money Line – Washington Capitals