New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals NHL Picks and Tips 10/18/2019
Friday, October 18, 2019
Capital One Arena
Get todays NHL hockey odds on this game.
Capital One Arena is the site where Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (4-2-2, 3rd in the Metropolitan Division) will take on the New York Rangers (2-1-0, 7th in the Metropolitan Division) on Friday. The Capitals open this contest at -163 while the Rangers are priced at +147. The O/U has been set at 6.5. The Rangers cover 66.7% of the time, having gone 2-1 SU. The Capitals cover 50.0% of the time, going 4-4 straight up.
The New York Rangers will need a bounce back game after taking a 4 - 1 defeat to the Edmonton Oilers in their last game. The Rangers could have played much better offensively in the loss. In this matchup, they converted 1 of the 21 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 4 power play opportunities but weren't able to notch a goal in these power play chances. New York racked up a total of 4 penalty mins in this matchup. The Corsi for the Rangers was 23 and the Corsi against was 48 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 32.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 17 and the Fenwick against sat at 38, giving them a rate of 30.9%. They earned 24 face-off wins and lost 17 of the face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 33.3% and they had a PDO of 92.7 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the Edmonton Oilers earned 27 shots. Their total at the end of the game was 8 penalty minutes and they notched 2 power play opportunities.
Useful Team Statistics
The Rangers have 4 total points this season, which ranks them 25th in the NHL. They are 30th in the league in goals scored with 11 while they've given up 9 goals, ranking them 30th overall. They have had 9 power play opportunities and have scored 3 goals on those chances for a percentage of 33%. That is 3rd in the NHL. The Rangers have allowed 12 power play opportunities and have given up 2 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 83%, putting them 11th in the league when short-handed. They average 28 shots per game and as a team shoot 13.25% for the season. They allow 35 shots to their opposition per contest and have a team save percentage of 92%. That puts them 10th in the league in stopping the puck.
The Washington Capitals opposed the Toronto Maple Leafs in a matchup where the Capitals earned a victory by a tally of 4 - 3. In this game, Washington earned a 44.9% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 44 and their opponent having a Corsi of 54. Their Fenwick percentage was 46.9% by way of having a Fenwick of 30 and the Maple Leafs earning a 34 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Washington played and they showed up in this game. They had a PDO at even strength of 105.6 and their percentage of oZS was 53.6%. The Capitals scored 4 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they pursued. They had 5 power play chances in this game and netted 1 out of those attempts. On the other side of the ice, the Maple Leafs had 1 power play chance but weren't able to take advantage of it. Washington gave way to 32 shots on goal and the Maple Leafs racked up 10 penalty mins.
Useful Team Statistics
The Capitals are 6th in the NHL with a total of 10 points this year. They have 7 power play goals on 32 opportunities for a percentage of 22%. That ranks them 16th in the league as a power play unit. They've allowed 26 power play opportunities and have given up 4 goals on those chances for a penalty kill percentage of 85%. That is 8th in the NHL. As a team, the Capitals are 7th in the league with 26 goals scored while they've given up 26 goals, which is 5th overall. They average 30 shots per contest and have a team shooting percentage of 10.70%. As a team they give up 28 shots per game and have a save percentage of 88%. That is 26th in the NHL.
New York is 31st in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 41.5%, as they've attempted 102 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 144 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage is 40.7% as they have 72 attempts while they have given up 105 shots on the defensive end. That ranks them 31st in the league. The Rangers start possessions in the offensive zone 37% of the time, which is 31st in the league, while their defensive zone percentage is at 63% for the season. That is 1st overall in the NHL. They have 63 face-off wins compared to 58 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 52.1%. That ranks them 10th in the league. On defense New York has 44 hits and they have blocked 39 shots from the opposition, putting them 31st overall.
The Capitals are 6th in the league in starting possessions in the offensive zone, doing so 52.6% of the time. Their defensive zone percentage is at 47.4% for the season, which is 26th in the NHL. They have 186 face-off wins compared to 171 losses, meaning their face-off win percentage is 52.1%. That is 9th in the league. On defense Washington has 130 hits and they have blocked 81 shots from the opposition, which is 3rd in the league. Washington is 8th in the NHL in Corsi percentage with 51.8% as they've attempted 318 shots on net at full strength while they've given up 296 shots on net in the same situations. Their Fenwick percentage of 52.1% ranks 9th as they have 234 attempts while they have given up 215 shots on the defensive end.
Who will win tonight's Rangers/Capitals NHL game against the spread? Josh's Pick: Take Washington Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Josh's Pick: Take Washington
Read more articles by Josh Schonwald
Get all of Tonight's NHL Picks.
Get all of Tonight's guaranteed Expert NHL Picks.