Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Islanders vs Capitals NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
(19-6-4) New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals (17-6-4)
Date: Tuesday, March 16th
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington DC
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Islanders EVEN| Capitals -120
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Capitals -1.5 (OFF)
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
Unlike Tuesday’s Sabres vs. Devils matchup that features a combined 14 game losing streak, the Islanders at Capitals meeting has 13 straight wins between the two.
New York Islanders
The Islanders’ 9-0-1 run over their last 10 is also nothing to shake a stick at, but the competition hasn’t been the best either. 7 of those games were against the Sabres and Devils, the two worst teams in the entire league.
Wins are wins though, and victories build momentum. New York is not only atop the East, but leads the entire NHL with 42 points on the season. Can they keep things going against good teams though?
It’s not like New York has been solely playing tomato cans during this stretch – just mostly. A 2-0 win over Pittsburgh kicked off this run on February 28th and there’s also a 2-1 (SO) win vs. Boston.
The Islanders #2 scoring defense does get a challenge on Tuesday though against a Washington team that has scored 21 goals in their last four games. The Capitals have the #3 scoring offense in the league.
Washington will be playing Tuesday’s game on 0 days rest, but Monday’s 6-0 win over Buffalo on Monday wasn’t exactly stressful. The Capitals offense is transcending matchups right now.
Almost everybody on the Capitals is red hot, with Alex Ovechkin leading the way, scoring in 4 of the last 5 games. Nic Dowd also has 3 goals in the last 3, and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 5 points in 4 games.
That’s quite the challenge awaiting Islanders’ likely starter Semyon Varlamov. He’s up for it though allowing 2 goals or less in 6 of the last 7 starts. New York is trying to prove they are for real.
Vitek Vanecek commandeered a shutout on Monday stopping all 23 Sabres shots he faced. Will that light work make him eligible for Tuesday, or do the Caps turn to Ilya Samsonov who has allowed 7 scores his last two stars.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Islanders are 16-5 last 21 overall
- Islanders are 6-2 last 8 road games
- Capitals are 4-0 last 4 overall
- Capitals are 4-1 last 5 on 0 days rest
- Over is 3-1-1 in Capitals last 5 overall
- Islanders are 7-2 last 9 in Washington
Free New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals NHL Prediction:
New York would seem to have some value here winners of 9 in a row and playing on the back to back. The Islanders’ win streak has come with 7 of those wins against the worst of the worst in the NHL.
New York is also 0-2 in Washington this season, dropping 2-3 and 3-6 contests in late January. That broke a 7-game win streak at Capital One for the Islanders – this game is just too tight.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Washington -110
You don’t get the Caps at home for that price too often. They are 8-3-2 in D.C. on the season and have actually fared well over their last 5 back to backs.
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