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

Ryan Stetson | Updated Apr 28, 2024

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

The New York Rangers have scored two shorthanded goals already as they look to punch their ticket to the second round tonight as big visiting favourites in Washington.

NY Rangers
55-23-1-3
AT
April 28, 2024, 8:00 PM ET
Capital One Arena
Washington
40-31-6-5
Puckline -1.5 +130
Moneyline -190
Over / Under o +5.5
Puckline +1.5 -155
Moneyline +160
Over / Under u +5.5

In the Henrik Lundqvist Era, the New York Rangers were often guilty of letting winable series stretch out too long and ultimately paid for it as the grind of the Stanley Cup playoffs wore on. Tonight the Blueshirts have a chance to sweep a Washington Capitals team that seems outclassed and out of gas in this series. With New York holding a 3-0 series lead, oddsmakers have the Blueshirts as fat -190 visiting favourites in Game 4.

Rangers vs. Capitals NHL Betting Odds

The Rangers came into this series as the biggest favourite on the NHL odds board to advance to the second round and they’ve only confirmed that price tag so far. Their skill and depth have been on display with nine different Rangers scoring in the first three games of the post-season while they’ve enjoyed a major advantage of puck possession time. If you’re looking for value, New York is +145 to win by at least two goals to finish off this series on Sunday evening.

New York Rangers

Igor Shesterkin gave the Capitals a glimmer of hope when he gave up a bad one early in Game 3, but Chris Kreider quickly evened the score just over 30 seconds later. After that, New York took charge despite a pile of questionable penalty calls with Barclay Goodrow sniping the eventual winner later in the first period while shorthanded. Sunday’s game plan will be built around staying out of the penalty box after they took four of the first five minors on Friday. There’s just no need for New York to get into any physical confrontations with the overmatched Capitals at this point.

Washington Capitals

You expected to see a big push for the Capitals late in the third period of Friday’s 3-1 loss and it just didn’t materialize. That’s hard to do when your opponent is playing keep away. Washington’s rookie head coach called a spade a spade when he said that his team is “limited offensively” following Friday’s loss and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. Captain Alex Ovechkin is still without a point in the series and has only five shots on goal. The Capitals had some chances and did fire 29 shots on Igor Shesterkin, but they can’t match New York’s consistent pressure and structure. Plus, they’ve now lost four regular defenceman to injury this month after Matt Rempe blasted Trevor van Riemsdyk into next week on Friday.

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