Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Capitals vs Islanders NHL Odds
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(36-21-7) Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders (36-19-7)
Date: Friday, March 1st
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Nassau Coliseum, New York City, New York
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Islanders – 120
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Islanders -1.5
NHL Betting Total: 5.5
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Thursday night, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals head to New York to take on the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. With both teams jockeying for position atop the Metropolitan Division, this should prove to be a fantastic matchup.
Currently tied with the Islanders at 79 points — but with two more games played — the Capitals need to leave New York with a win. To do so, the team will need another solid performance from Ovechkin. With 44 goals on the season, the 33-year-old has been lights out for a Washington squad that ranks 5th in goals (220).
However, the defense has been another story. Ranked 25th in goals against (205), the Caps have struggled to keep teams off the score sheet, and that shows in goalie Braden Holtby’s numbers. He has just a .908 save percentage and a 3.01 goals against average this season.
To beat a strong Islanders team, the defense will have to find ways to dig deep and eliminate scoring opportunities.
New York Islanders
For the Islanders, defense has been the name of the game all season long. Allowing just 149 goals through 63 games has put New York at the top of the league in defense. It’s helped the Isles get to the top of the Metro despite underwhelming offense.
Just 23rd in the league in goal-scoring, it’s been a tough road for New York in that department. The team’s leader in goals, Anders Lee, has 21 on the year. Meanwhile, Mathew Barzal, Brock Nelson, and Casey Cizikas are the only other Islanders players with more than 15.
For New York to win, the team has to capitalize on its chances while remaining tough on the defensive end of the ice.
NHL Betting Trends:
- WASH is 5-16 ATS in its last 21 games
- The OVER is 4-2 in Washington’s last 6 games
- WASH is 2-7 ATS in last 9 games on the road
- NYI is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
- UNDER is 8-3 in NYI last 11 games at home
Free Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders NHL Prediction:
Splitting the season series thus far, this will likely be another hard-fought game between these two teams. However, Washington has played better hockey as of late, with five wins in its last seven games. Look for the Capitals to win a close game on the road.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Washington ML
With the Islanders as the home favorite, this is a great opportunity to get good value on the Capitals moneyline.
NHL Free Score Prediction: Washington 2 – New York 1
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