Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers Prediction, 3/14/2023 NHL Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (+155) Rangers (-188)
The New York Rangers (37-19-10) will play the Washington Capitals (32-28-7) at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. The moneyline on this contest has the Capitals at +155 while the Rangers are at -188. The total is 6.
The Washington Capitals were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 5-1 victory against the Islanders in their previous outing. The Capitals played really well in the victory. In the matchup, they converted 5 out of the 27 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 4 power play opportunities but weren't able to convert one of them into a goal. Washington accounted for 10 penalty minutes in this game.
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When playing at even strength, the Capitals have conceded 165 goals while getting 165 themselves. Washington Capitals opponents have amassed 187 power play tries (29th in hockey) and have scored 32 goals in those attempts. In regard to their scoring capabilities, the Washington Capitals have notched 207 goals (17th in pro hockey) on the year and have surrendered 197. Washington has attempted 2,092 shots and has a shooting percentage of 9.9%. For the season, the have a total of 71 points and their points percentage comes in at .530. The Capitals so far have had 2,032 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .903. Washington steps onto the ice with 205 power play chances and they have scored 42 goals out of those attempts, garnering them a percentage of 20.49%.
Protecting the goal for this matchup will be Darcy Kuemper. The opposition has been able to score 816 goals against Kuemper in his pro career and his goals against average per contest is 2.51. Kuemper has been in net for 345 contests during his professional hockey career. His save percentage is at .917 for his 19,468 minutes guarding the cage. He has an overall mark of 163-115-41 and he started in 328 games. In his career, Kuemper has tallied 184 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .561. Kuemper has had 9,826 shots taken against him and has garnered 9,010 total saves.
The last time they were on the ice, New York went up against the Penguins in a game where the Rangers went home in defeat by a final of 3-2. They had 2 opportunities on the power play in this matchup but were not able to net one. The Rangers tallied 2 goals of the 29 shots on goal they took.
On the campaign, the New York Rangers have earned 213 goals, 84 points, in addition to a points percentage of .636. They have granted a total of 184 goals to be scored by of a combination of 145 goals at even strength and 39 goals while they were shorthanded. The Rangers have racked up 166 goals at even strength and 47 goals (12th in the league) while on the power play. They have a total of 202 power play opportunities and they have earned a power play percentage of 23.27%. New York has tried 2,095 shots (16th in the league) and has earned a shot percentage of 10.17%, while allowing their opponents 1,928 shots. They have recorded a penalty kill percentage of 79.26% on the other teams 188 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage currently comes in at 90.5%.
For the opposition you are likely to see Igor Shesterkin defending the net. The opposition is averaging 2.42 goals per game and he has given up 342 goals altogether. Shesterkin's rate of quality starts is 65.5% and he has accumulated 93 quality starts in his pro career. He got the starting nod in 142 games and has played for a total of 8,490 minutes. Shesterkin has accumulated a career mark of 91-40-14 and has participated in 147 games. He is sitting with 4,066 stops out of the 4,408 shots attempted against him, which gives him a save percentage of .922.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread or moneyline?
Josh's Pick: Take Washington (+155)
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