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Betting On Rangers Capitals Predictions – New York Takes A Step Towards The Conference Finals In Washington

Posted by Don Melrose on 5/3/2012 3:09:29 PM

A lot of online betting sharps woke up exhausted on Thursday morning thanks to Game 3’s triple-overtime game between New York and Washington, which was pulled out by the Rangers on the road. Now, the Rangers smell blood and they’ll pounce on Saturday afternoon in the nation’s capital.

What: NHL Betting
When: Saturday, May 5th, 12:30 PM ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Pick: New York Rangers

Why Bet On New York Rangers

The Rangers escaped the Game 3 marathon with a 2-1 win, and while Marian Gaborik was taking a little heat from different corners of the media for his play, he quieted critics with the triple-overtime winner to cap off a seven-shot performance. Ryan Callahan also got on the scoresheet, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 45 of the 46 shots he faced, including all 17 during the three overtimes. The most important players for the Rangers may have been defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, who had to get multiple stitches after taking a puck and a stick to the face on two separate occasions. McDonagh led players on both teams with 53:17 of ice time, and he and Girardi combined to block 14 shots in total, although it seemed like more. While Lundqvist gets most of the attention from NHL betting players and for good reason (he isn’t nominated for the Vezina and Hart Trophies for nothing), his defense has played incredible in front of him all season and this was a heroic performance from this duo, along with Marc Staal.

New York also won the giveaway battle as they turned the puck over just 10 times to 27 for the Capitals, and it is little things like those statistics that will turn a game in a team’s favor. The Rangers are a fundamentally sound team that doesn’t panic when the going gets rough, and even though they’ve scored a few more goals this season than in previous years, it’s their strength at the back that will carry them to their first Stanley Cup since 1994.

Why Bet On Washington Capitals

The Capitals fought valiantly, but they made a couple more mistakes than the Rangers and not just in the turnover battle; Gaborik was left wide open in front of Braden Holtby, who had another brilliant game with 47 saves and he is absolutely the last person on the Rangers you want to leave open right in front of your goalie. John Carlson notched his first goal of the playoffs for the Capitals, who had 59 hits to the Rangers’ 46, but that wasn’t enough. It was another close game for the Capitals as now, all 10 of their postseason games have been decided by two goals or less, and nine of them by a goal, so they have to be mentally fatigued and they’re doing it all with a young goalie in Holtby who has been unflappable for the most of the playoffs.

However, it’s still a little puzzling that Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin aren’t getting more time on the ice, especially Semin, who was on the ice for 25:38 despite assisting on Carlson’s goal. Ovechkin had a fair amount with 35:14 and he may have regained a little more of Dale Hunter’s trust after scoring the winner in Game 2, but it was also a triple-overtime game and he could afford to put his star sniper out more since he had over 13 minutes in the previous game. Whatever Hunter’s plan is, at this point he needs to ride with his stars if the Capitals are going to make this a series, but with rumors that Hunter will return to junior hockey after this playoff run is over, he may not care what anyone thinks, which is admirable, but only if they win.

How It Will Play Out

Look for the NHL betting odds to be close in this game either way, and the extra day of rest should make for a better outing in Game 4 because if these two had to play on Friday night, it could have been one of the ugliest games of the postseason. In particular, the defensemen on both teams were run into the ground and the goalies could surely stand a little more rest as well.

Both teams have actually be worn down with close games throughout the postseason, so at this point it’s all about mental strength and defense, and we’re giving the edge to the Rangers in both categories. It is always deflating to lose a multiple-overtime game and this will be a massive test for the Capitals, but the Rangers are simply the better team and they see an opportunity to go back up three games to one. Take New York on the road in Saturday’s sports betting picks.

Rangers Capitals Betting Pick: New York Rangers

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