Home ice advantage proved invaluable in the series between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers, with the two teams being tied 2-2. The fifth game will be played in the nation’s capital and once again the hosts are favorites to take the lead, despite conceding eight goals in the last two matches.
Match: Washington vs NY Rangers
Odds: Unibet 2.20
The Rangers found themselves two goals ahead in game four but Washington closed the gap to one goal each time and then sent a hail of shots at Lundqvist’s net. The Swedish goaltender deflected all of them and brought the New Yorkers back in the race although all games played so far were decided by a single goal. At Madison Square Garden, the two teams chose to put their guard down and tried to score a goal more than the opponent, in sheer contrast to what happened in Washington only a few days before.
The Capitals used to enjoy this sort of aggressive minded hockey but with Ovechkin struggling in New York, things didn’t go exactly as planned. The Rangers had been a strong home team throughout the regular season so the two defeats don’t come as a surprise, but this doesn’t alleviate the pressure bearing on Washington players. Their captain needs to rise to the challenge in game five, otherwise the Capitals might be pit against the tall order of tying the series in New York this weekend.
Following a dazzling offensive display of New York Rangers in the most recent games, Unibet increases the odds for a home victory to 2.20. That’s great news for punters who count on Washington to keep the streak of home victories alive by defeating the Rangers in regulation time.