New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 2/25/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Rangers (-150) Capitals (+125)
The Washington Capitals (28-26-6) will try to defeat the New York Rangers (33-16-9) at Capital One Arena on Saturday. The moneyline on this game has New York at -150 while Washington is priced at +125. The over/under is set at 7.
The New York Rangers will look for better times on the ice after their 4-1 defeat against the Red Wings in their previous contest . New York accounted for 15 penalty minutes in this outing. In addition, they had 2 power play tries but weren't able to score a goal. The Rangers had a below average offensive performance in the defeat. In the outing, they converted 1 of the 31 shots they launched.
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New York Rangers opponents have totaled 164 power play tries (27th in professional hockey) and have tallied 34 goals in those attempts. The Rangers so far have had 1,693 shots attempted against them and have a save percentage of .907. New York has attempted 1,877 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 10.1%. At even strength, the Rangers let the opposition score 124 goals while notching 150 on the offensive side of the ice. New York skates onto the rink with 176 power play opportunities and they have scored 40 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 22.73%. For the year, the have a total of 75 points and their points percentage sits at .647. Concerning their scoring capabilities, the New York Rangers have tallied 190 goals (11th in the NHL) over the course of the season and have given up 158.
The player in the crease for this game is Igor Shesterkin. In his career, Shesterkin has earned 90 quality starts and his percentage for quality starts is .662. His save percentage sits at .923 for his 8,142 mins played. Shesterkin has seen 4,247 shot attempts against him and has gathered 3,922 saves. The opposition has notched 325 goals versus Shesterkin in his professional career and his average for goals against per game is 2.39. He has accumulated an overall record of 87-38-14 and he has gotten the start in 136 games. Shesterkin has been in goal for 141 games over the course of his NHL career.
Their last time out, Washington played the Ducks in a game where the Capitals went home in defeat by a final of 4-2. They had 3 opportunities on the power play in this one and tallied 1 out of those chances. The Capitals notched 2 goals of the 43 shots on goal they took.
The Capitals have racked up 139 goals at even strength and 38 goals (18th in professional hockey) while on the power play. Washington has attempted 1,895 shots (8th in the NHL) and has accumulated a shooting percentage of 9.34%, while allowing the opposition 1,806 shots. So far this year, the Washington Capitals have earned a total of 177 goals, 62 points, in addition to a points percentage of .517. They have granted a total of 175 goals to be scored by of a combination of 146 goals at even strength and 29 goals while they had less men on the ice. They have a tally of 184 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 20.65%. They have recorded a penalty kill rate of 81.88% on their opponents 160 power play opportunities, and their save percentage currently sits at 90.3%.
Across the ice you are likely to see Darcy Kuemper between the pipes. Kuemper is the owner of a lifetime mark of 159-113-40 and has participated in 338 games. Kuemper's quality start rate comes out to 55.5% and he has qualified for 178 quality starts in his professional career. He has accrued 8,822 stops out of the 9,619 shots attempted, giving him a percentage of .917. His opposition is averaging 2.51 goals/game and he has surrendered 797 goals overall. He got the starting nod in 321 contests and has played 19,074 mins.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take New York (-150)
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