NHL Hockey Betting: Rangers vs. Capitals Odds & Picks: April 24, 2009

Touthouse HandicappersSenior Writer IApril 24, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 22, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 2-1 and lead the series 3 games to 1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals

Free Pick: Washington

April 24, 2009 7:00 p.m.—NHL Hockey Odds

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The price on Washington is too high to qualify as one of my “guaranteed” selections. However, those who have followed my complimentary plays know that we’ve been very successful over the long-term when playing games in this price range. Note that the Capitals were an even bigger favorite in Game 2 and that this game is even more important to them.

Here’s the situation. The Rangers won both games in Washington to start the series. The Caps bounced back with a convincing 4-0 victory in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers responded with a 2-1 win in Game 4. That brings the series to 3-1 with the Capitals now fully in “must win” mode.

While not many teams come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the series, I do expect the Caps to give us a huge effort tonight. Despite being down 3-1, they’ve played well in the series—they’ve just been beaten by a red hot Henrik Lundqvist. Even in losing the last game, they still held a 39-21 edge in shots on goal.

I respect the Rangers and they were good to me quite a few times this season. However, I also believe that the Caps, 22-7 (+8.6), when playing with “revenge,” aren’t ready to start golfing, quite yet. I expect Ovechkin to lead by example and look for the series to be extended to a sixth game. If you don’t mind laying this type of “juice,” consider a play on WASHINGTON.

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