|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHLThe New York Rangers will be hosting the Washington Capitals tonight in a game broadcast on the NBC Sports Network and CBC. The game at Madison Square Garden is the fifth of a best of seven series that is currently tied 2-2.
The Washington Capitals were able to come back to a 3-2 victory on Saturday after losing their prior game in three overtimes. The Rangers are now being forced into a 2-2 tie heading back head against a team that was much lower on the standing list than they were this year. This is practically the same situation they had last round against Ottawa, and you can click here for all the odds for tonight's games.
Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals with four goals and three assists. However, his plus/minus ratio is currently at -2. Nicklas Backstrom has six points this postseason and also sixteen penalty minutes.
The goaltending matchup between these teams is practically even based on how these teams have played this postseason. Henrik Lundqvist has a 1.68 GAA for the Rangers and a 94% save percentage. This includes 45 saves in nearly 115 minutes while giving up only one goal during the triple overtime game earlier in the series. Braden Holtby has a 1.94 GAA and 93.3% save percentage for the Capitals. Both of these goalies have 6-5 records in the postseason so far.
The New York Rangers are favored to win tonight's hockey betting game. The Rangers have a -155 line and a +195 bet for going over the -1.5 spread for the game. The Capitals are underdogs for the game at +135. There is also an over/under of five goals being scored during tonight's game. These teams have been close to each other in the series with only one game being decided by more than one goal and should prove to be competitive again in tonight's game.