New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 2/20/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+134) Capitals (-148)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (5-7-3) are headed to Capital One Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Washington Capitals (8-4-3). The Rangers open this contest at +134 while the Capitals are priced at -148. The O/U is set at 6.
The Rangers were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 3-2 win over the Flyers in their previous game. The Rangers had an average offensive outing in the win. For the matchup, they scored on 3 of the 33 shots they tried. In addition, they had 5 power play opportunities and were able to score 1 goal. New York tallied 10 mins in the box in this matchup. The Corsi for the Rangers was sitting at 39 and the Corsi against when this game finished was 44 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 47.0%. Their Fenwick was 27 and the Fenwick against finished at 24, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 52.9%. They had a tally of 23 face-off wins when at even strength and were beaten on 22 opportunities to take control of the puck. When starting in the offensive zone they were rated at 44.8% and they had a PDO at even strength of 93.2 for this game.
The Rangers have had 428 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .907. While at even strength, the Rangers let the opposition score 32 goals while getting 28 themselves. New York Rangers opponents have earned 52 power play tries (13th in pro hockey) and have earned 8 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have accumulated 13 points and their points percentage sits at .433. New York has attempted 482 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 7.3%. When discussing their scoring capabilities, the New York Rangers have accounted for 35 goals (25th in pro hockey) over the course of the season and have conceded 40. New York has 57 power play chances and they have tallied 7 goals out of those chances, garnering them a rate of 12.28%.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Igor Shesterkin. For his career, Shesterkin has earned 14 quality starts and his quality starts percentage is .667. His save percentage currently sits at .926 in his 1,250 mins between the pipes. Shesterkin has seen 692 shot attempts against him and has recorded 641 total saves. Opponents have scored 51 goals versus Shesterkin in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per contest is 2.45. He has compiled a win-loss mark of 13-7-1 and he has gotten the start in 21 games. Shesterkin has been in net for 22 games during his professional hockey career.
In their last contest, Washington faced off against the Sabres in an outing where the Capitals got the win by a mark of 3-1. Their PDO at even strength was 106 and they earned an oZS percentage of 54.2%. They had 1 chance on the power play in this game and recorded 1 goal on that try. Their Fenwick rate came in at 48.5% with a Fenwick of 32 and the Sabres earning a 34 Fenwick. The Capitals recorded 3 goals out of the 21 shots on goal they took. Washington went home with a 53.5% Corsi rate. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game Washington had and you might say they have had worse games.
Washington has attempted 434 shots (23rd in hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 11.98%, while allowing their opponents 471 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 80.00% on their oppositions 50 power play opportunities, and their save percentage sits at 89.2%. They have a tally of 37 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 32.43%. The Capitals are sitting with 40 goals at even strength and 12 goals (13th in the NHL) while on the power play. They have allowed 51 goals to be scored by of a combination of 41 goals at even strength and 10 goals while they were shorthanded. So far this year, the Washington Capitals have earned a total of 52 goals, 19 points, in addition to a points percentage of .633.
On the other side of the ice you are expected to see Ilya Samsonov protecting the goal. The opposition is averaging 2.62 goals per game and he has relinquished 67 goals overall. Samsonov's percentage of quality starts is 54.2% and he has made 13 quality starts in his career. He has started in 24 games and has played for a total of 1,536 minutes. Samsonov has compiled a career mark of 17-6-3 and has participated in 28 contests. He has racked up 675 saves out of 742 shots tried, which gives him a save percentage of .910.
Who will win tonight's NHL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Washington (-148)
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