Free NHL Picks Today: Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers 4/2/23

Free NHL Picks Today: Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers 4/2/23
Sun 2nd April 2023

The New York Rangers (44-21-11) travel to face the Washington Capitals (34-33-9), who will be out to snap their losing streak, at Capital One Arena on Sunday. New York is coming off a 3-2 overtime loss against the Sabres on Friday.

The Rangers committed only two penalties in the game, holding Buffalo without a power play goal. Kaapo Kakko and Adam Fox each scored once for the Rangers.

Jaroslav Halak saved 31 of 34 shots in the loss. Washington lost for the third straight game, falling 5-1 to the Lightning on Thursday. Craig Smith netted the only goal for the Capitals. Darcy Kuemper only had 29 saves on 33 shots against (.878%) in the loss.


The Capitals have won two of the three games between the teams this season, although the Rangers were 5-3 victors in their most recent meeting in March.

Mika Zibanejad (2G 0A), Patrick Kane (1G 1A), and Vincent Trocheck (0G 2A) each had two points to lead New York. Matt Irwin led Washington with two points (1G 1A). Igor Shesterkin got the win, saving 28 of 31 shots (.903%).


New York is averaging 3.32 goals per game for the season, 12th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Capitals team that is allowing 3.08 goals a game (15th).

Meanwhile, Washington has found the net 3.11 times a game on average, 20th in the league, and the Rangers are holding opponents to 2.67 goals per game (5th).

The Rangers’ 22.37% power play percentage ranks 10th in the league, while the Capitals are 14th with a conversion rate of 21.55%. Washington has been more adept at penalty killing, boasting the league’s fifth-highest PK% at 82.69%. New York ranks 14th at 80.19%.


With 84 and 82 points this season, Artemi Panarin and Zibanejad have been the top skaters for the Rangers. In the net, Shesterkin (34-13-7) is New York’s top goaltender. He has a 2.53 GAA and a .914% save percentage.

Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals in scoring with 72 points. He has 42 goals (7th) and 30 assists. Kuemper (21-24-6) has the best goals against average for Washington at 2.75. He has a save percentage of .911%.


New York is 22-9-7 away from home this season. Washington is 17-14-6 at Capital One Arena this season.

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NY Rangers (-135)

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