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Washington Capitals 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs Betting

Washington Capitals 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

The Washington Capitals were not expected to make the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs but a thundering finish has punched their ticket. It is true that Washington’s metrics range from bad to mediocre in all categories. It is also true that Alex Ovechkin I significantly down from his peak. But Washington proved to be greater than the total sum of its parts in gaining the playoffs. Still, an opening-round matchup with the New York Rangers figures to be an uphill, though not impossible, climb.

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Washington Capitals Team Overview

This year, the Washington Capitals are 40-31-11 straight up and 34-41 over/under the total. Also, Washington is 8th in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Washington is 23 points behind the Rangers in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Late on, Washington has covered four out of their last five games. While the Capitals have gone over the total in one of its previous ten matchups.

Washington has NHL rankings of 28th for goals scored and 17th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Capitals have NHL rankings of 16th for goals against and 18th for penalty killing.

LW Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 31 goals, 34 assists, 65 points, and a -22. G Charlie Lindgren has a 2.67 goals against average, a .911 save percentage, and a record of 25-16-7 with six shutouts.

New York Rangers Team Overview

This year, the New York Rangers are 55-23-4 straight up and 44-36 over/under the total. Also, New York is 1st in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Carolina is three points behind the Rangers in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Late on, New York has covered five out of their last eight games. While the Rangers have gone over the total in six of its previous nine matchups.

New York has NHL rankings of 7th for goals scored and 3rd for power play efficiency. In comparison, on defense, the Rangers have NHL rankings of 7th for goals against and 33rd for penalty killing.

LW Artemi Panarin leads the Rangers with 49 goals, 71 assists, 120 points and a +18. G Igor Shesterkin has a 2.58 goals against average, a 912 save percentage, and a record of 36-17-2 with four shutouts.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 6)

SEASON GAMES WINS LOSSES FINISH PLAYOFFS
2023-24 82 40 31 4th, Metropolitan TBD
2022–23 82 35 37 6th, Metropolitan Did not qualify
2021–22 82 44 26 4th, Metropolitan Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Panthers)
2020–21 56 36 15 2nd, East Lost in First Round, 1–4 (Bruins)
2019–20 69 41 20 1st, Metropolitan Lost in First Round, 1–4 (Islanders)
2018–19 82 48 26 1st, Metropolitan Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Hurricanes)
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Washington Capitals History

The Caps were founded as an expansion franchise with the Kansas City Scouts in 1974. They have long had a reputation for being playoff chokers before finally exercising those demons in 2018 with their only Stanley Cup championship. The Capitals were languishing in half-empty buildings with no real passion from fans until the arrival of Alex Ovechkin. Indeed, The Great Eight has proven to be one of the most transformational athletes in sports history. In Washington, he did what seemed impossible; he made the Capitals cool. The Capitals were a losing franchise with low attendance until the early 1980s when they finally became a regular playoff team. Attendance improved significantly, and the franchise developed a following. But years of heartbreak in the Stanley Cup Playoffs took their toll. Fans were tired of the annual failures, and the team regressed on the ice. Finally, in 1999 they found a new owner.

The Washington Capitals were again a nothing franchise before the arrival of owner Ted Leonsis and left wing Alex Ovechkin. The Capitals were not even on the radar when Leonsis took command.

Washington was a football town and paid no attention to its mediocre hockey team with no identifiable star. In those days, the thought that the Capitals would develop a passionate following and sellout crowds was unfathomable.

Alex Ovechkin was the first overall pick of the 2004 NHL Draft. Washington yawned upon his arrival as nobody cared about the Caps. As a rookie in 2005-06, Ovechkin scored 52 goals, and fans noticed. The team started to win, and the arena became packed with fans rocking the red.

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