Rangers vs Capitals Game 2 Prediction NHL Picks 4/23

Rangers vs Capitals Game 2 Prediction NHL Picks 4/23

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Preview: Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers Prediction

 

Washington Capitals

Preview

The Washington Capitals, with a regular season record of 40-31-11, will take on the New York Rangers in Game 2 of the East 1st Round series at Madison Square Garden. Here's a preview of the matchup, featuring player stats, recent team performances, and predictions for the game scheduled on April 23, 2024, at 4:00 PM.

Team Overview

The Capitals aim to bounce back from their Game 1 loss and even the series against the Rangers. With a strong offensive lineup led by Dylan Strome and Alex Ovechkin, coupled with solid goaltending from C. Lindgren, the Capitals will look to capitalize on scoring opportunities and tighten up defensively.

 

Goaltender Comparison

Name Wins L OTL SO GA/G SV%
C. Lindgren 25 16 7 6 2.67 .911
D. Kuemper 13 14 3 1 3.31 .890

Scoring Leaders

Dylan Strome leads the Capitals in points with an impressive 67, while Alex Ovechkin leads in goals scored with 31.

Injury Report

  • Nick Jensen (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 23)
  • Rasmus Sandin (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 23)
  • Vincent Iorio (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 23)
  • Beck Malenstyn (LW) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)
  • T.J. Oshie (RW) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)

Team Stats

Category Value
GF/G 2.63
GA/G 3.07

Recent Performances

The Capitals are aiming to rebound from their recent loss to the Rangers in Game 1 and will look to improve their defensive game.

 

New York Rangers

Preview

The New York Rangers, holding a regular season record of 55-23-4, will aim to extend their series lead against the Washington Capitals in Game 2 at Madison Square Garden. Here's a preview of the upcoming game, featuring player stats, recent team performances, and expectations for the match scheduled on April 23, 2024, at 4:00 PM.

Team Overview

With a commanding performance in Game 1, the Rangers look to continue their dominance over the Capitals. Led by Artemi Panarin and Igor Shesterkin, the Rangers boast a potent offense and strong defensive presence, aiming to maintain their momentum and secure another victory.

Goaltender Comparison

Name Wins L OTL SO GA/G SV%
I. Shesterkin 36 17 2 4 2.58 .913
J. Quick 18 6 2 2 2.62 .911
L. Domingue 1 0 0 0 1.00 .962

Scoring Leaders

Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers in points with an impressive 120, while also leading in goals scored with 49.

Injury Report

  • Erik Gustafsson (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)
  • Jacob Trouba (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)
  • Ryan Lindgren (D) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)
  • Alex Wennberg (C) - Day-To-Day (Expected return: Apr 22)

Team Stats

Category Value
GF/G 3.39
GA/G 2.76

Recent Performances

The Rangers have been in solid form recently, securing victories against opponents like the Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders.

 

Prediction

Given the defensive strengths of both teams and the quality goaltending on display, coupled with the intensity of playoff hockey, the prediction for Game 2 between the Capitals and the Rangers is for the total goals to be under 5.5. Expect a tightly contested matchup with both teams focusing on limiting scoring opportunities, resulting in a lower -scoring affair.

 

Pick: Under 5.5 goals (-125)

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