Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers Expert NHL Picks 11/20/2019
Game: Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-160) Rangers (+144)
Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers (8-8-2, 6th in the Metropolitan Division) play the Washington Capitals (16-3-4, 1st in the Metropolitan Division) at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The odds on this game have the Capitals priced at -160 and the Rangers are at +144. The over/under opens at 6.5. The Capitals cover 65.0% of the time, having gone 13-7 SU. New York covers 44.4% of the time, going 8-10 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this game holding a record of 16 victories and 3 losses, which puts them at 1st in the Metropolitan Division. So far this year, they have racked up a total of 86 goals which is good for 1st in the East and 1st in the league. Their goal differential is +18, which puts them at 2nd in the league. The Capitals currently have a total of 36 points, which is good for 1st in the league and 1st in the Eastern Conference. When discussing shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 731 which is good for 1st in the East and 2nd in the league. As a unit, Washington has racked up a total of 403 hits which has them averaging 17.5 per contest. They currently have a total of 253 blocks for this year. In goal for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has totaled 928 mins in net for the season. Holtby is allowing 2.91 GAA which places him at 13th among Eastern Conference goaltenders and 28th among goaltenders in the NHL. So far this season, he has given up 45 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .906 which places him at 11th among Eastern Conference goaltenders.
The Washington Capitals went home feeling good about their game by earning a 5 - 2 win over the Anaheim Ducks in their previous game. The Capitals had a solid offensive performance in this win. In this game, they converted 5 out of the 31 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 1 power play opportunity and notched 1 goal on that chance. Washington racked up a total of 25 penalty mins for this game. The Corsi for the Capitals sat at 54 and the Corsi against was 40 which gave them a Corsi percentage of 57.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 41 while the Fenwick against was 30, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 57.7%. They won 17 face-off wins and were beaten on 20 tries to control the puck. Their starts in the offensive zone came in at 50.3% and they had a PDO of 109.0 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Anaheim Ducks racked up a total of 34 shots. They ended the game with 33 penalty minutes and they notched 4 power play chances.
The Rangers are the team looking to add points to their total and for the year they sit with 8 victories and 8 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they currently sit 12th in the Eastern Conference and 21st in the NHL with -5. They have earned a total of 60 goals for the season which has them sitting at 9th in the East. New York has a team save % of .900 which has them ranked 20th in the NHL, which tells us there should be some opportunities to score. They have a team shooting percentage of 11.4% ranking them 3rd in the Eastern Conference. In goal for New York is Henrik Lundqvist who is having a bad year by allowing 3.54 goals against average and that ranks him 22nd in the Eastern Conference and 43rd in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 611 minutes he's been on the ice this year, he has given up 36 goals. He's earned a save percentage of .905, which puts him at 14th in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The New York Rangers went up against the Florida Panthers in a game where the Rangers ended up losing by a final score of 4 - 3. In this game, New York wound up with a 46.3% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by earning a Corsi of 37 and their opponent having a Corsi of 43. Their Fenwick percentage was 47.5% by way of having a Fenwick of 28 and the Panthers ending the game with a 31 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that New York played and it tells us they had an average game overall. Their PDO at even strength was 104.5 and they earned an oZS percentage of 48.1%. The Rangers notched 3 goals of the 33 shots on goal they attempted. They had 3 power play opportunities in this one but weren't able to score a goal. Concerning the opposition, the Panthers had 3 power play chances and ended up scoring 2 goals. New York gave way to 30 shots on goal and the Panthers earned 6 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (+144)
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