NHL Betting Preview: Capitals v Rangers

Fine margins could define this remaining unresolved second round series. The Washington Capitals were seven seconds from a huge Game 5 win, but by the end of the night they were heading back to D.C 3-2 down. New York are now 1.20 to go through, while the Caps have dropped out to 4.20, although it wouldn't be a huge shock to see them win the next two considering the way it has gone so far. Brad Richards was the one who tied it late before Marc Staal's overtime score sent Rangers fans into raptures.

Unfortunately for Washington forward Joel Ward, he was in the penalty box for both of those goals and judging from his post-game interviews he didn't take it very well. He was the hero in Game 7 against Boston but it wasn't a particularly smart play to take a double high sticking penalty with twenty seconds left and shots already raining in on your goal, he paid the price.

It must have been a soul destroying loss for the Caps having come so close, it'll be tough for them to regroup to go again tonight and try to force a decider. However there's always been a sense that these teams would go the distance and evidence of this is the fact they both start this game with odds of 2.55 to win. In the double chance betting you can get 1.28 on either team winning in regulation but when each game has only been decided by one goal you can't be too confident on that happening.

Best Bet: New York versus Washington to tie and go to overtime at 3.55.