The New York Rangers will look to eliminate the Washington Capitals when the teams meet for Game 6 tonight, Wednesday May 9th, in the U.S. capital. The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference quarter finals series 3-2. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Capitals as slim -110 moneyline home favorites over the Rangers (+100) with the over/under set at 5 goals. Be sure to check the New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals Game 6 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
New York (7-5, 3-2 V) pulled out an improbable victory in the pivotal Game 5. The seventh-seeded Capitals led Game 5 by a 2-1 score when a double-minor penalty was assessed to Washington’s Joel Ward after he caught New York’s Carl Hagelin with a high stick with 21.3 seconds to play. With Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist pulled for a 6-on-4 advantage, Brad Richards scored his fifth goal of the playoffs with 7.6 seconds left in regulation to even the score and send the game to overtime. The Rangers then won the game while still on the power play in overtime Marc Staal cranked a shot that deflected past a screened Caps goalie Braden Holtby for the win. Anton Stralman scored the other goal for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist needed to make only 16 stops for the win.
The Rangers are under no illusions here about what they have accomplished. They have won seven playoff games. At least four teams win eight every year. That’s half as many as the Rangers need to reach their destination. When just about everyone was throwing roses at the Rangers yesterday, John Tortorella was the exception. “I’m not going to be hugging people left and right,” Tortorella said. “We still have a long way to go.” Game 5 might have made history, but that’s what it is now — history. It’s time for the Rangers to put on their hard hats, lace up their work boots and lay down the hammer on the Capitals and the Eastern semifinals.
Washington (6-6, 2-3 H) Brooks Laich and John Carlson each scored for the Capitals, who will have to win the last two games of this series if they want to advance to the conference finals for the first time since 1998. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots in the loss. Holtby has shown he can distance himself from a loss or poor outing immediately. Holtby has gone 28 NHL starts since November 2010 without consecutive losses. In the playoffs Holtby is 5-0 with a .959 save percentage following a loss. That drive is why Hunter said he isn’t concerned about the 22-year-old’s ability to rebound.
After playing 12 close games this spring, 11 of which were decided by one goal, the Capitals know they can give themselves an opportunity to win any contest and that they can bounce back from a loss. Washington hasn’t fallen in consecutive games since late March and is 3-0 after overtime losses in the playoffs. The most recent example came when the Capitals followed up a heartbreaking loss in triple overtime to New York with a tenacious showing in a 3-2 victory in Game 4.
Game 5’s loss marked the first time since March 13 that the Capitals had allowed two power-play goals in a single game. Even with the unfortunate blip, though, Washington’s penalty kill has a 85 percent success rate (34 for 40) in the postseason and the unit – like the team as a whole – will need to bounce back.
The Bottom Line: The scales tip slightly in the Caps favor, but I believe the Rangers xan pull this out by getting in front of Holtby for sloppy rebounds. Want to dominate the books this season with some of the best NHL Picks Experts in the business? Then sign up right now and get NHL Picks Free!
Recent Trends to Consider:
Under is 3-0-5 in the last 8 meetings.
Under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Washington.
Rangers are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings in Washington.
Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games.
Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite.
Capitals are 2-8 in their last 10 Conference Semifinals games.
Capitals are 1-5 in their last 6 games as a home underdog.
New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals
When: Wednesday, May 9th@7:30 PM EST
Pick: Rangers +110
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