Date/Time: May 4th, 12:30 PM ET
Moneyline: Washington -130
The Washington Capitals exploded for three goals in the second period of Game 1 to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. They’ll try to take down the New York Rangers once again on Saturday afternoon in the first of four games on the docket for NHL betting fans to wager on.
The Rangers really have to get the frustration off of their faces here in the next 24 hours if they are going to get back to their winning ways. LW Rick Nash really didn’t play a poor game against the Caps, as he did get eight shots on goal, but he was stoned time and time again by G Braden Holtby. The only man to score a goal was LW Carl Hagelin, who has made a name for himself as one of the up and coming stars for Head Coach John Tortorella and the gang. There are some injury question marks that hope to be addressed by Saturday afternoon for the boys from the Big Apple. D Marc Staal hasn’t been on the ice since March 3rd, but his return from an eye injury is imminent. LW Ryan Clowe has now sat out back to back games with a leg injury, and he is hopeful to be back on the ice in this one.
Washington really played well down the stretch of the season, and it has continued that here in the playoffs. There was no doubt that the Caps were the better of the two teams on the ice in Game 1, especially during that huge second period when they outscored New York 3-0. The penalty kill was fantastic for the Capitals, and the argument could be made that killing off a 5-on-3 and a total of over three minutes of penalties in the second period was the key to really getting the team over the edge. After those few minutes were up, it only took three more minutes for C Marcus Johansson and LW Jason Chimera to light the lamp in a stretch of just 46 seconds. Holtby was the hero though, as he stopped 35-of-36 shots and had one of the best nights of his career to get the win and to virtually ensure that he will be the net minder in the pipes in Game 2.
The Rangers just don’t feel like they stand a chance in this series right now after Game 1. Granted, it was only one game, and one game doesn’t make a series by any stretch of the imagination, but Washington just feels like it has the better of these two teams. New York, as it has been all season long, is scrambling, and it will be headed by to the Garden in a 2-0 series hole.
New York Rangers @ Washington Capitals Pick: Washington Capitals -130
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