The scene will move to Washington for a critical Game 5 of the best of seven NHL playoff series between the New York Rangers and Capitals in a pro hockey contest on Friday night.
Start time from Washington is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NHL Network.
The NHL odds from game five of this Eastern conference opening round series has the home team Washington Capitals favored by -135 odds with the take back on the road underdog New York Rangers at +125 odds. The goal over under line is set at 5 goals.
The Rangers knot this series at 2-2 following a 4-3 home victory in game four on Wednesday against the Washington Capitals as a -132 odds betting favorite. The total landed over 5 goals.
Each team has won on home ice. The Rangers scored 4 goals in game three and four at Madison Square Garden and puts up a total of one goal total in games one and two from Washington. New York breaks open a 2-2 tie after two periods with two consecutive goals in the third period to take the 4-2 lead. The Capitals cut the margin to just one goal at 7:31 of the third period and the Rangers kept Washington off the scoreboard for the final 12 ½ minutes to even up this series. The Rangers had four more shots than the Capitals and dominated the face-off circle by 15 more winning draws. The Capitals go 0 of 5 on the power play on the road and the Rangers go 0 of 7 in their two games played at Washington.