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New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals Game 3: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

After a couple of nights off, the series between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals is back on the ice on Friday night for Game 3 in the nation’s capital.

It's a game in which the Rangers will look to take a commanding 3-0 lead, while the Caps are looking to keep their hopes alive after losing the first two games at Madison Square Garden.

With a pivotal matchup on deck, we’ve provided our best Rangers vs. Capitals predictions.

New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals betting picks and predictions

Capitals over 2.5 goals (-120)

Before the 2024 Stanley Cup playoffs even began, the New York Rangers were the most significant favorites to win their opening series. That has held true thus far, as they held serve at home to take a 2-0 series lead.

Even with the series heading to Washington, the Caps are still heavy underdogs on home ice. Rightfully so, as the Rangers will likely take a 3-0 series lead but there is much more value to be had outside of a money line price of -170 for a road win. - and that’s why we are eyeing Washington’s team total.

Although we don’t expect them to pull off the upset on Friday, the Caps won two of four meetings with New York this year, and both of those wins came at Capital One Arena - and Alex Ovechkin and company scored at least three goals in both of those games.

Despite losing each of the first two games of this series, they were still able to score three goals in Game 2. There is no doubt that Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin has been strong in the second half of the season, but he still hasn’t been nearly as consistent as in previous seasons.

Along with a few days of rest and being back on home ice, we’ll take the Caps to score at least three goals again.

TJ Oshie over 1.5 shots on goal (-150)

Much has been made regarding Ovechkin being held to just a single shot on goal through the first two games of the series, and there is no denying that is quite a detriment to the Caps’ chances.

We do expect him to fire away in front of the home crowd though, and the odds also suggest that will likely be the case as he is priced at -175 to let off at least three.

However, just like our Washington team total prediction, there is better value to be had elsewhere in the player prop markets.

Ovechkin is known for his volume shooting, while TJ Oshie is not. That is why his shots on goal prop is set at just 1.5, which provides an incredible opportunity.

First and foremost, expect Oshie to come out more fired up than usual, as no penalty or punishment was given to New York’s Artemi Panarin for his high hit in Game 2.

Oshie, who was able to return to the ice for that game, has already loved taking his chances on home ice against the Rangers this season.

In the two games held in Washington this season, not only did Oshie go over 1.5 shots, but he recorded four shots on goal in both matchups. Therefore, we’re expecting at least two shots on goal from the right winger tonight.

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New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals odds

NY Rangers

-170 ML

WAS Capitals

+145 ML

Puck Line

NYR -1.5 (+150)

Total

O/U 5.5

New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals player props

Anytime Goalscorer

Artemi Panarin (NY Rangers)

+125

Alex Ovechkin (WAS Capitals)

+145

Chris Kreider (NY Rangers)

+155

Vincent Trocheck (NY Rangers)

+190

Mika Zibanejad (NY Rangers)

+190

Dylan Strome (WAS Capitals)

+210

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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