New York vs. Washington Preview

The New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals will both be gunning for a victory on Sunday when they meet at Verizon Center.

NY Rangers at Washington
When: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, May 10, 2015
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District Of Columbia
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA
PREDICTION: Rangers 3, Capitals 1
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Oddsmakers currently have the Rangers listed as 105-moneyline favorites versus the Capitals, while the game’s total is sitting at 4½.

Washington was a 2-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Rangers. They lost as +147 underdogs, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors.

While leading scorer Rick Nash has gone eight games without a goal, Kreider added to his burgeoning postseason legacy of coming through in the clutch by netting the tying tally with 1:41 remaining in regulation Friday. It was the second goal of the series and 14th career playoff tally for Kreider dating to his NHL debut in Game 3 of a first-round series against the Ottawa Senators in 2012. “We’ve been needing some people to step up and score big, timely goals, and it’s been tough to come by, for sure,” said forward Derek Stepan, who notched the primary assist on Kreider’s blistering one-timer. “But we’re still in this thing and it was a big moment there for (Kreider) to give us a chance in overtime.”

Team record: 59-26-7
NY Rangers is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of NY Rangers’s last 8 games
NY Rangers is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Rangers’s last 5 games on the road

Superstar Alex Ovechkin appeared poised to dominate the series after scoring in each of the first two games, including a highlight-reel tally and nine hits in Game 2, but he has been held off the scoresheet in each of the last three contests. “Next one will be the big one,” the captain said. “Nobody said it was going to be easy. Of course, you want to close the series when you get the lead. It’s over. You have to forget about it and move forward.” Washington has mustered only eight goals in the five games and its power play, ranked No. 1 in the league during the regular season, has had only eight chances against New York – with the lone conversion coming in the series opener.

Team record: 52-29-13
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington’s last 7 games
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington’s last 5 games when playing NY Rangers

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