New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 3/19/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals
Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (+126) Capitals (-139)
Igor Shesterkin and the New York Rangers (12-12-4) travel to Capital One Arena on Friday where they'll take on the Washington Capitals (19-6-4). The Rangers open this game at +126 while the Capitals are priced at -139. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
The Rangers were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 9-0 win against the Flyers in their previous outing. The Rangers had a good offensive output in the victory. In the matchup, they finished 9 of the 29 shots they put on net. They also had 4 power play attempts and were able to notch 1 goal. New York accrued 8 minutes in the box in this contest. The Corsi for the Rangers was sitting at 38 and the Corsi against was 44 which had their Corsi rate coming in at 46.3%. Their Fenwick came in at 27 and the Fenwick against finished at 34, meaning they had a Fenwick percentage of 44.3%. They earned 24 face-off victories at even strength and were beaten on 22 opportunities to gain puck control. When starting in the offensive zone they came in at 41.9% and their PDO rating was 130.4 in this one.
New York Rangers opponents have earned 92 power play opportunities (15th in professional hockey) and have notched 13 goals in those attempts. The Rangers have had 802 shots tried against them and have earned a save percentage of .906. New York has tried 826 shots and is the owner of a shot percentage of 10.2%. While at even strength, the Rangers have given up 62 goals while having 69 themselves. New York steps onto the ice with 103 power play chances and they have added 15 goals out of those advantages, garnering them a percentage of 14.56%. For the current campaign, they sit with 28 points and their points percentage comes in at .500. Concerning their goal scoring prowess, the New York Rangers have racked up 84 goals (19th in the league) so far this year and have given up 75.
The man protecting the net in this game is Igor Shesterkin. Shesterkin has taken the ice for 27 games during his pro hockey career. He has amassed a mark of 16-9-1 and he started in 25 games. Opponents have tallied 60 goals versus Shesterkin in his pro hockey career and his goals against average per game is 2.41. Shesterkin has seen 817 shot attempts taken against him and has amassed 757 total saves. He has a save percentage of .927 in his 1,496 mins between the pipes. From the beginning of his pro career to now, Shesterkin has accumulated 17 quality starts and his quality starts rate sits at .680.
Their last time out, Washington played the Islanders in a game where the Capitals earned a victory by a final of 3-1. They had 4 opportunities on the power play in this one and recorded 2 out of those attempts. The Capitals netted 3 goals of the 22 shots on goal they pursued. They had a PDO at even strength of 105 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 47.6%. Washington had a 43.3% Corsi rating. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Washington played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. Their Fenwick rate was 47.8% by compiling a Fenwick of 32 and the Islanders having notched a 35 Fenwick.
The Capitals have scored 81 goals at even strength and 20 goals (12th in hockey) while on the power play. Washington has taken 820 shots (24th in the NHL) and has earned a shot percentage of 12.32%, while allowing their opponents 853 shots. This season, the Washington Capitals have accounted for 101 goals, 42 points, in addition to a points percentage of .724. They have earned 73 power play opportunities and they have a power play rate of 27.40%. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 80.90% on the other teams 89 power play opportunities, and their save percentage comes in at 89.9%. They have permitted 86 goals to be scored by of a combination of 69 goals at even strength and 17 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you will find Ilya Samsonov in goal. Samsonov is the owner of a lifetime record of 22-6-3 and has played in 34 contests. Samsonov's quality start percentage sits at 55.2% and he has 16 quality starting assignments in his professional career. He is sitting with 815 saves out of 894 shots attempted against him, which gives him a rate of .912. His opposition is averaging 2.55 goals/game and he has surrendered 79 goals in total. He got the starting nod in 29 games and has played for a total of 1,860 minutes.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (+126)
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