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(20-8-9) Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders (11-12-6)
Date: Saturday, January 15
Time: 2:00 PM ET
Venue: UBS Arena, New York
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Washington -135 Islanders +115 (Bet Now!)
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Washington -1.5 +190 Islanders +1.5 -235
NHL Betting Total: O/U 5.5
The Washington Capitals come into this road contest with an overall record of 20-8-9. Through 37 games the Capitals are 3rd in the Metropolitan Division.
On the season, they have found the net 125 times, good for a rank of 6th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, Washington is the 14th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.76 goals per game.
So far, the Capitals have a strength of schedule rating of 26th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 9th ranked team in the NHL.
Through 37 games, the Washington Capitals’ goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin with 52 points. He has reached his mark of 24 goals, on a shooting percentage of 14.1%. So far, 25.0% of his goals have come during power play time.
Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov who has 23 assists to go along with his 12 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +10.0
Washington’s top goalie is Ilya Samsonov who is giving up an average of 2.76 goals per game. In his 20 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 0.389 percent of the time.
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders get set to host the Washington Capitals with an overall record of 11-12-6. This mark places them 8th in the Metropolitan division.
Through 29 games, the Islanders have scored 67 goals, giving them an average of 2.31. This output gives them a rank of 32nd among NHL teams. On defense, they are the 2nd ranked unit, giving up 2.72 goals per contest.
So far, they have played the 27th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account their scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 24th in the NHL.
Coming into this game, the New York Islanders leader in points is Mathew Barzal. In his team’s 29 games, he has come up with 7 goals and 15 assists. He has scored his goals on a shooting percentage of 10.4%.
The team’s top overall goal scorer is Brock Nelson. Of his 10 goals, 30.0% have come during power play time.
New York’s top goalie is Ilya Sorokin who is giving up an average of 2.43 goals per game. In his 21 games played, he has turned in 14 quality starts. Giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.
NHL Betting Trends:
- Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 games following a home loss of 3 or more goals.
- Capitals are 8-3 in their last 11 games following a loss of 3 or more goals.
- Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 home games.
Free Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders NHL Prediction
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In Washington’s 37 games, they have an above .500 record against the spread, going 18-17 So far, the Capitals have been a good bet on the road as they have covered in 9 of their 17 road games. On the season, the Washington Capitals have a per-game scoring differential of 0.57.
Even when playing on the road, the team is winning games by an average margin of 0.5 goals. As the Washington Capitals get set to take on the Islanders they have a below .500 record over their past five games, going 1-4. During this stretch, they have scored 12 goals, accounting for 38.0% of the scoring in these contests.
If the Capitals hope to break out of their slump, they need to pick up their offensive play. During this stretch, they have outscored their average of 2.76 goals, just 5 times.
Heading into their game with the New York Islanders, the Islanders have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 16 goals, accounting for 62.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 2.31 goals per game 5 times.
Look for the Islanders to continue their hot play and pick up the win vs Washington.
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