Hockey betting mediocrity remains with the New York Rangers as they are good enough to contend the hockey wagering post season but nothing beyond that.
The New York Rangers will host the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night with a telecast on NHLNET. The game is set to start at 7 PM ET. Be sure and check Sports Gambling for the side and total odds on this important Eastern Conference matchup and to open your account.
Washington was leading the Southeast Division with a record of 18-8-1-2 with the hockey odds as 18 of their first 29 games went under the total. The Caps were a break even 6-6-1 on the road with 11 of those 13 games going under the number.
Washington remained one of the most explosive teams in the NHL as they ranked 4th in scoring while the defense ranked 12th in goals against. It was goaltending that ultimately did the Caps in last year in their epic playoff loss to Montreal.
Superstar left wing Alexander Ovechkin led Washington with 12 goals and 23 assists while fellow left winger Alexander Semin had 18 goals and 15 assists. Center Nicklas Backstrom had 11 goals and 21 assists.
The goaltending was split between Michal Neuvirth, who had a 2.66 goals against average, and Semyon Varlamov, who had a 1.92 goals against average. The Caps were playing lethargic hockey as of late with just 4 wins in 10 games from November 19 through December 6 with just 2 of those games going over the total.
The Rangers were 16-12-1 with the NHL betting lines with just 11 of those 29 games going over the total. The Rangers ranked 14th for goal scoring and 11th for goals against. They were just 6-8-1 at home with just 5 of those 15 games going over the total.
Washington has dominated this head to head hockey betting series. With 13 payouts in the last 18 games between these two teams including 4 consecutive wins at Madison Square Garden as none of those 4 games went under the total. The Caps were a heavy under team on the road as just 5 of their last 20 road games went over the number.