The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals meet Friday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The New York Islanders look t keep the puck rolling after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The New York Islanders are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 16 goals, Mathew Barzal has 30 assists and Josh Bailey has 73 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 78.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 49 goals on 680 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 58 goals on 704 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in each of their last five games.
The Washington Capitals could use a bounce back win after losing six of their last nine games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 21.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 33 goals, John Carlson has 37 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 95 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 78.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 49 goals on 519 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 84 goals on 957 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or more goals in five of their last 10 games.
The Islanders are 5-0 in their last 5 road games, 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 0 days rest and 9-2 in their last 11 overall. The Capitals are 35-17 in their last 52 games playing on 2 days rest, 120-56 in their last 176 home games and 19-9 in their last 28 overall. The Islanders are 12-31-2 in the last 45 meetings in Washington and 28-59-3 in the last 90 meetings. The under is 9-4-1 in Capitals last 14 overall. The under is 18-7-1 in Islanders last 26 overall.
The Washington Capitals have won each of the last three meetings against the New York Islanders and four of the last five meetings. The Capitals also have a rest advantage here and have been terrific when having multiple days off. The problem is the Capitals have cooled off quite and bit and the Islanders are the hottest team in the league and have done a lot of damage on the road. It’s only a matter of time before the Capitals get back on track but in terms of value, the Islanders and the plus money is a nice value play.