Capitals vs. Rangers Game 2 Prediction: Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds

Ryan Stetson | Updated Apr 23, 2024

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Washington Capitals at New York Rangers

Matt Rempe got the party started at MSG on Sunday and now the Rangers are set as huge favourites to take a 2-0 series lead on Tuesday.

Washington
40-31-6-5
AT
April 23, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
NY Rangers
55-23-1-3
Puckline +1.5 -115
Moneyline +240
Over / Under o +5.5
Puckline -1.5 -105
Moneyline -300
Over / Under u +5.5

The New York Rangers are big favourites again on Tuesday after they had their way with the Washington Capitals in Sunday’s 4-1 victory. Oddsmakers have the Blueshirts at -275 favourites with the Caps checking in at +220. The total is pegged at 5.5 (under -125).

Capitals vs. Rangers NHL Betting Odds

The Rangers put Washington in a big hole in the second period of Game 1 and cruised to a relatively easy victory on Sunday. New York outshot the visitors 31-21 in a contest that wasn’t even as close as the final score suggests. One thing that’s very clear is that Washington is going to have to get a lot more pucks on net and find a way to generate more chances from the slot. You might want to look at Igor Shesterkin going over his 23.5-save total at -110 in Game 2.

Washington Capitals

It’s back to the drawing board for the Caps after Game 1’s dud. From top to bottom, the Caps just didn’t have anything going. Captain Alex Ovechkin was held without a shot for only the fourth time in his playoff career and the club couldn’t put any type of sustained pressure on the Rangers. Meanwhile, Charlie Lindgren, certainly didn’t get a lot of help between the pipes, but he wasn’t at his best on Sunday either.

“Entries were a massive issue, as everybody watched,” head coach Spencer Carbery told reporters. “So we got to start there before we even talk about the end zone sequences.”

New York Rangers

Rangers rookie Matt Rempe got the party at the Garden started on Sunday when he scored the first playoff goal of his career and New York had three goals in a span of 2:07 in the second period. The Blueshirts got a couple of goals from their fourth line and Igor Shesterkin was solid when he needed to be but didn’t face many quality chances. New York did a great job of keeping the Capitals outside all afternoon and looks to have made the most of that break before the playoffs began. If you want to nitpick, the Rangers will want to get their lethal power play on the board, but that unit looked very sharp on Sunday as it was despite not scoring.  At this point, it looks like the offensively-challenged Capitals are in over their heads.

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