Rangers vs. Capitals Game 3 Prediction: Stanley Cup Playoffs Odds

Ryan Stetson | Updated Apr 25, 2024

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The spotlight is on struggling Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin as his club tries to avoid a 3-0 series deficit at home on Friday against New York.

NY Rangers
55-23-1-3
AT
April 26, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Washington
40-31-6-5
Puckline -1.5 +150
Moneyline -175
Over / Under o +5.5
Puckline +1.5 -185
Moneyline +145
Over / Under u +5.5

After dropping two games in the Big Apple, the Washington Capitals are already facing what amounts to a must-win game on Friday night against the New York Rangers. The Capitals were certainly better and more engaged in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss, but they were beaten again by a Blueshirts squad that still hasn’t hit its top gear yet. For Capitals supporters, that has to be a major concern. Oddsmakers opened with the Rangers set as -175 favourites with the total at 5.5 on the NHL odds board.

Rangers vs. Capitals NHL Betting Odds

On the plus side for the Caps, they did fire 25 shots on goal in Game 2 and scored twice on the power-play. They also gave up two power-play goals and another shorthanded marker. When it’s 5-on-5, Washington hasn’t been able to break New York’s 1-3-1 system and can rarely sustain any pressure in the Rangers’ end. Expect another tight-checking game on Friday as both teams try to tighten up defensively.

New York Rangers

It wasn’t pretty on Tuesday, but Rangers won’t complain about a 2-0 series lead after Mika Zibanejad, Alexis Lafreniere, Vincent Trochek and Erik Gustafsson all posted two-point efforts. New York is talking a lot about playing this series a bit close to the vest and that’s evident on the ice. The Blueshirts don’t want to turn this series into an overly physical affair or open up offensively because they feel like this is their series to lose.

Game 2 was a good example of that. In stretches the Blueshirts were very good and their depth throughout the lineup is impressive. They also turned the puck over too much and weren’t as clinical in the offensive zone as they can be. Coach Peter Laviolette has some tape to work with in the dressing room as this series shifts to Washington.

Washington Capitals

Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery didn’t beat around the bush when he was asked about Alex Ovechkin‘s struggles (zero points, one shot) in this series, saying that his captain “looks a little bit off. He’s struggling. I mean, it’s hard. It’s the playoffs, on the road, he’s getting a tough matchup.” All of that is true and you can see oddsmakers adjusting with Ovechkin’s shot total for Game 3 set at 2.5 (over -175) and he’s probably not a bad bet to top that number with Washington getting last change at home. Ovechkin is also +165 to score on Friday.

The issues go way beyond Ovechkin, though. The Caps have big problems covering the Rangers’ overlapping offence and are losing the puck possession game by a wide margin. They’ll need to play over their heads to avoid going down 3-0 and at this point, that doesn’t seem likely.

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