NHL Betting Preview: New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals – Monday, May 3, 2021

by Ayden Fahlstrom | May 3, 2021 |

The New York Rangers’ playoff hopes hang in the balance Monday when they take on the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers trail Boston by eight points for the fourth playoff spot in the East Division. 

The Capitals are in the second position, two points behind Pittsburgh. Both teams have lost two in a row, and both have to win this game. MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Washington -115, while New York checks in at -105. The Capitals are favored by 1.5 goals, and the over/under is 6.

New York Rangers Betting Preview: Do or Die Time

The New York Rangers come into play with a record of 26-20-6, good for 58 points, eight points behind Boston for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division. The Rangers haven’t done themselves any favors the last couple of games, losing both. 

Any combination of Bruins’ wins and Rangers’ losses from here on out will result in the Rangers being eliminated from playoff contention. The Rangers looked listless on Saturday in being shut out by the New York Islanders 3-0. 

All of the scoring was done in the first two periods, and the Rangers’ offense was shut down by Islanders’ goaltender Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov stopped 28 shots and stymied the Ranger attack. 

On the season, New York is averaging 3.19 goals per game while allowing 2.63. They are led by left-winger Artemi Panarin, who has 17 goals and 39 assists for 56 points in 41 games played. 

Center Mika Zibanejad leads the team with 20 goals, and defenseman Adam Fox leads the team with 42 assists. Between the pipes, Igor Shesterkin has a record of 15-12-3 with a goals against an average of 2.44 and a save percentage of .920.

Washington Capitals Betting Preview: Still Eyeing Top Spot

 The Washington Capitals come into play with a record of 32-14-5, good for 69 points and 2nd place in the East Division, two points behind Pittsburgh for the top spot. The Caps have sputtered a bit in the last couple of games, losing both to Pittsburgh. 

After losing Thursday night in overtime, the Capitals came back in poor fashion, getting shut out on Saturday. The Capitals’ high-powered offense was stuck in neutral, managing just 24 shots on goal. The game was at 1-0 after the first period before the Penguins pulled away with two goals in the second. Washington does have a game at hand, so it is not unrealistic for them to come back and claim the top spot, but winning has to be done in virtually every game from here on out.

On the season, the Capitals are averaging 3.37 goals per game while allowing 2.94. They are led offensively by center Nicklas Backstrom, who has 14 goals and a team-high 37 assists for 51 points. 

Left-winger Alexander Ovechkin leads Washington with 24 goals. Washington boasts eight players with double-digit goal totals. Between the pipes, Vitek Vanecek has a record of 18-9-4 with a goals against average of 2.75 and a save percentage of .908.

Betting Lines and Predictions

Both teams have lost two in a row, and both have to win this game. MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Washington -115, while New York checks in at -105. The Capitals are favored by 1.5 goals, and the over/under is 6. 

New York has gone on a nice run since Panarin returned from his injury, but it appears that run is nearing its end. Washington is too good for the Rangers to keep up offensively. Take the Caps in this one.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Washington -115

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