The New York Rangers look to parlay a positive night at the office on Tuesday night into another win on Wednesday is a more difficult environment. The Rangers got by the Avalanche in a shootout last night, as Henrik Lundqvist was able to outduel Semyon Varlamov in net. The Avalanche rang the pipe twice in overtime, including a point-blank miss by Landeskog in front of the net. Lundqvist was not able to get over in time on a nice feed on an odd man rush, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
After hitting two posts in an overtime session, it’s probably not meant to be in a shootout. Naturally, the Rangers came out on top after Landeskog failed to deliver on the Avs’ last opportunity. There isn’t much time for the Rangers to celebrate anything, because the head to Washington where they’ll face the Capitals tonight.
The Capitals have had an extended break before lacing the skates up for a game. We last seen the Caps on the ice on Saturday, where they took it on the chin against the Maple Leafs. They took a 4-2 loss and likely found a team who could provide a sizable roadblock in the Eastern Conference. For a team that brought the Capitals to seven games two years ago, and have gotten considerably better since then, they are going to have some major competition.
Off to a 2-2-1 start, the Capitals are looking to put things together on Wednesday night. Including the loss to the Maple Leafs, the Caps fell to the Devils in a game prior. Between the two games, the Capitals were outscored 10-2. We’ll see if the extra rest helps them out against the Rangers. Head below for our free Rangers vs. Capitals pick.
N.Y. Rangers vs. Washington Capitals Pick
The Rangers have won two games this season and both of them came following regulation. They beat the Sharks by a score of 3-2 in overtime, but were outshot 43-27. Last night the Rangers were the aggressors from the get-go, as they hit Varlamov 43 times. For a team who is likely going to struggle with finding offence, last night was a nice outing. Varlamov has been one of the hottest goaltenders to start the year, but the Rangers got the better of him. The fact of the matter is that the Rangers could very well be a winless right now, though.
They were outplayed by the Sharks, though they still managed to get the winner in overtime. And then on Tuesday evening, the Avs were inches away from ending it. An unfortunate couple of bounces and the Rangers are going into tonight without a win on their resume. Considering the lack of depth on the Rangers roster, that wouldn’t have been the most surprising thing.
The Rangers don’t get the most favourable scheduling in this spot tonight. They are playing on a back-to-back against a Capitals squad who has had a full three days to recoup. After getting trounced by the Devils and Maple Leafs, expect to see the Caps come out flying against the Rangers. They likely play motivated not to look sloppy against an inferior opponent tonight. I’d take a look at Washington with their fresh legs to get the job done here.