Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers Prediction, 2/4/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
TV: NHL Network
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (+100) Rangers (-118)
Vitek Vanecek and the Washington Capitals (6-1-3) travel to Madison Square Garden on Thursday where they'll meet the New York Rangers (3-4-2). The line on this contest has the Capitals priced at +100 and the Rangers are at -118. The total is set at 6.5.
The Capitals had a rough game after their 5 - 3 defeat against the Bruins their last time out. The Capitals had an average offensive output in the loss. For the game, they scored on 3 of the 26 shots they looked to score on. Additionally, they had 4 power play chances and were able to notch 1 goal out of those chances. Washington ended up with a total of 13 penalty mins while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Capitals was 36 and the Corsi against was 51 meaning they had a Corsi percentage of 41.4%. Their Fenwick sat at 30 while the Fenwick against sat at 39, which means they earned a Fenwick percentage of 43.5%. They earned 19 face-off wins at even strength and were beaten on 19 of all total face-offs. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 56.5% and they had a PDO at even strength of 93.9 for this game. In discussing stats from the opponent, the Boston Bruins tallied 33 shots. They finished with a total of 13 penalty minutes and they notched 4 power play opportunities.
The Capitals have had 329 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .903. At even strength, the Capitals have conceded 23 goals while having 28 of their own. Washington Capitals opponents have totaled 36 power play tries (12th in pro hockey) and have notched 8 goals in those attempts. For the year, they have accumulated 15 points and their points percentage is sitting at .750. Washington has tried 270 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 13.7%. In relation to their scoring, the Washington Capitals have racked up 37 goals (5th in hockey) on the season and have given up 32. Washington has accounted for 22 power play opportunities and they have notched 9 goals out of those chances, giving them a rate of 40.91%.
The player protecting the goal in this game is Vitek Vanecek. For his career, Vanecek has 4 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .500. His save percentage currently is .913 for his 490 minutes on the ice. Vanecek has seen 275 shot attempts against him and he has 251 total saves. The opposition has racked up 24 goals versus Vanecek in his pro career and his average for goals against per game is 2.94. He has amassed a record of 5-1-2 and he has started in 8 games. Vanecek has been involved in 8 games throughout his hockey career.
The Rangers played the Penguins in an outing where the Rangers ended up with the victory by a final of 3 - 1. New York went home with a 43.1% Corsi rating. They ended up with that by earning a Corsi of 31 and they gave up a Corsi of 41. Their Fenwick percentage was 44.9% with a Fenwick of 22 and the Penguins finishing with a 27 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York had and you can say they had a mediocre outing. They had a PDO of 106.9 and their oZS percentage was 40.9%. The Rangers converted 3 goals of the 24 shots on goal they attempted. They had 4 power play opportunities in this game and were able to convert 1 out of those tries. On the other side of the ice, the Penguins had 6 power play chances but were not able to score a goal. New York allowed 26 shots on goal and the Penguins ended up with a total of 13 minutes in the box.
During this campaign, the New York Rangers have tallied 25 goals, 8 points, in addition to a points percentage of .444. They have allowed 25 goals to be scored by of a combination of 18 goals at even strength and 7 goals while they had less men on the ice. The Rangers have tallied 18 goals at even strength and 6 goals (19th in the NHL) while having a power play advantage. They have a tally of 38 power play chances and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 15.79%. New York has attempted 293 shots (13th in pro hockey) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 8.53%, while allowing the opposition 244 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 79.41% on the other teams 34 tries on the power play, and their save percentage currently comes in at 8.5%.
On the other side of the ice you will find Igor Shesterkin protecting the net. Shesterkin has earned a career mark of 12-4-1 and has played in 18 games. Shesterkin's quality start rate sits at 64.7% and he has accumulated 11 quality starts in his NHL career. He has racked up 521 saves out of the 563 shots tried, which gives him a save percentage of .925. The opposition is averaging 2.48 goals per contest and he has conceded 42 goals overall. He has started in 17 games and his ice time sits at 1,015 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Washington (+100)
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