The New York Rangers hit the road for Game 1 of their best of 7 NHL Round 1 Playoff series with the Washington Capitals. The game is set for Wednesday at 7PM Eastern Time. Washington has been lined as the series –200 favorite with the New York Rangers bringing back +170 to win the best of 7 round 1 series. In Game 1 of the series the Washington Capitals are –175 favorites at Bookmaker.com where the line originates with the Rangers returning +155 to win game 1. The over under has been set at 5 ½ goals. The teams have met 4 times this season with the Capitals winning 3 of 4 by taking all two games at home and one of two at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers were held to just one goal in each of the two games at Washington this season. The Rangers are 29th in the league on the power play only converting on 13.4% on the man advantage. The Capitals are #2 in the league on the power play converting on 24.7% of their man advantages. Washington is the third highest scoring team in the league averaging 3.32 goals per game. Henrik Lundqvist will be in the nets for the Rangers in Game 1. In three games against the Capitals this season Lundqvist’s goal against average is 3.57. Lundqvist has only allowed 10 goals in his past 6 games. The Washington Capitals finished #2 overall in points this season with 108 on the season. In the pipes for Washington is Jose Theodore. In 27 home starts this season Theodore is 18-8 with one overtime decision and has a goal against of 2.63. In three starts versus the Rangers this season the veteran Capital goalie sports a goal against of 3.05. The Quebec native is in somewhat of a slump heading into the playoffs as he has allowed 12 goals in his past 3 games.
Trend: The Under is 3-0 in their past 3 meetings in Washington
The Wagerline consensus has 67.9 % of the bettors on Washigton -175
The Wagerline consensus has 50.3 % of the bettors playing Under 5 1/2.