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Capitals Rangers Betting - Capitals And Rangers Decide How Long They Want To Fight

Posted by Don Melrose on 6/5/2014 4:25:28 AM

The Washington Capitals and New York Rangers will play at least five games in their second-round NHL playoff series. The question is if they'll take their series six or seven games.

East Semifinals, Game 5: Washington Capitals @ New York Rangers – Monday, May 7  
Sports betting line: N/A

Why Washington Will Win

When you appraise an NHL playoff series and try to make betting online pay off for yourself, you are always confronted with the awareness that you're likely to see a one-goal game. That's just the reality of the NHL playoffs. The teams are so evenly matched, the stakes so high, the defensive effort so intense, the goal tending so urgent, that it's hard to distinguish the favorite from the underdog, the team with the edge compared to the team that's operating at a disadvantage.

One ill-timed penalty, one specific bounce of the puck, one clutch save by a goalie at a particularly fragile point in the proceedings, is all it takes to shift the momentum of a game and, quite possibly, a series. It happens a lot in the National Hockey League, and it's very likely to happen before this series between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers is over. What will give the Capitals an edge in Game 5 on Monday in Madison Square Garden? Two words: Braden Holtby. The young net minder continues to impress observers, but it's not that Holtby is dominating every game; he's not. Holtby played rather poorly in Game 1 of this series, but in Game 2 this past Monday night, with his team in dire need of a win, Holtby bounced back. He played brilliantly coming off a loss, much as he did in Game 4 of the Capitals' first-round series against the Boston Bruins.

Having just lost Game 3 against the defending Stanley Cup champions, Holtby and his team faced a 2-1 series deficit, but Holtby then played at the peak of his powers in Games 4 and 5 to turn the series around. In Game 5, a series escalates in terms of intensity and pressure; Holtby has already won one Game 5 on the road in the playoffs, so there's no reason to think he can't do the deed again.

Why New York Will Win

When betting sites post their numbers on this game, you can look at many factors, but you'll probably see the Rangers installed as a favorite in this contest. It's worth noting that the Rangers lost Game 5 at home to the Ottawa Senators in the first round, but overcame that setback to win the series in seven. This time,New York will be even more motivated to take care of business on home ice at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers will come home from Washington,D.C., the site of Games 3 and 4, with the ability to make the final line change again. Being able to make small adjustments should work in their favor as they try to figure out Holtby.

Who Will Win?

As the playoffs go deeper and deeper, the higher seeds gain more confidence because they surmount more obstacles and feel a pinch less pressure. This should help the Rangers to edge the Capitals at crunch time.

NHL Betting Pick: New York Rangers

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