The NHL is back in action on Wednesday as the New York Rangers will clash with the Washington Capitals at the at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. The Rangers are heading into this game after a 3-2 win over the Avalanche, and the Capitals are off a 4-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs. The Capitals took three of the four games against the Rangers last season.
New York Rangers Form
The Rangers did not have a good start to the season. However, it seems that they have turned the tide as they won the last three games. This good form got their record to 3-4 so far and now they face a tough challenge against the champions.
On the offensive side of the game, the Rangers are on the 27th spot in the league in scoring with an average of 2.33 goals per game. On the defensive side of the ice, they have the 21st record in the league as they have allowed an average of 3.33 goals per game.
Washington Capitals Form
The Capitals are a team with a mission – to defend their title. They had a good start of this campaign as they thrashed the Bruins with a score of 7-0. However, it seems that they are in mini-crisis as they suffered 3 defeats in their last four games, including a home loss against the Maple Leafs.
On the offensive side of the game, the Capitals are on the 6th spot in the league in scoring at 4.00 goals per game. On the defensive side of the game, the Capitals are on the 25th spot in the league, conceding an average of 3.80 goals per game. It seems that their defensive game needs an improvement as it was their main problem in their recent games.
The Rangers have been playing well and it seems that they have a potential for more this season. However, the Capitals need to win this game in order to get back on winning ways.
Go for the Capitals in this one.
My Free Pick & Prediction for New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals on 10/17/2018
is: Take the Washington Capitals -195 (money line)
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