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NHL Playoffs - Rangers at Caps

NHL playoffs handicappers may have seen the Rangers back into the hockey playoffs but last year proved that a number eight seed can be a lethal weapon.
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NHL playoffs fans recall last year when the Washington Capitals were upset in seven games by the eight seed Montreal Canadiens in one of biggest shockers in hockey playoffs history.

The Washington Capitals will host the New York Rangers on Friday night in game two of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.  Faceoff time is set for 7:30 PM ET and Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on the matchup so be sure and open your account today.

The Rangers finished with an overall record of 44-33-2-3 with the hockey betting odds and were 24-16-1 on the road.  New York went over the total in just 12 out of their 41 away games.  The Rangers remained one of the top defensive teams in the NHL as they ranked 5th for goals against while ranking 16th in the league for goal scoring.

Center Brandon Dubinsky led the Rangers with 24 goals and 30 assists while right winger Ryan Callahan had 23 goals and 25 assists.  Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist had a 2.28 goals against average with 11 shutouts and 36 wins.

Washington had an overall record of 48-23-5-6 with the hockey betting line and was 25-8-2-6 at home.  The Caps were sluggish for the first four months of the season before rallying to become one of the hottest teams on the board as they stole the top seed in the Eastern Conference from Philadelphia by winning 16 of their last 20 games.

Washington dropped to a poor 19th in the NHL for goal scoring but improved to 4th for goals against.  Michal Neuvirth backstopped most of those late season wins and had a 2.45 goals against average while Alexander Ovechkin had 32 goals and 53 assists.

Although Washington has won 12 out of the last12 overall meetings in their head to head series with the Rangers the Broadway Blue Shirts have won the last 3 meetings between the two teams with 3 of the last 4 matchups in this series going over the total.

Heading into this NHL playoffs series the Rangers had won 5 of their last 8 road games at Washington with 8 of the last 11 games between the teams in DC going under the total.