Free NHL Hockey Prediction: Capitals vs. Islanders NHL Odds
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NHL Handicapping Analysis
Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
Date: Tuesday, August 18th
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto ON
NHL Hockey Moneyline Odds: Capitals -110 Islanders -110
NHL Hockey Puck Line Odds: Capitals -1.5 (+225)
NHL Betting Total: 5
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How did this happen? Washington had the 3rd most points in the Eastern Conference during the regular season but find themselves on the brink of elimination in an 0-3 hole to the Islanders.
New York knows they are in the driver’s seat, but also would be wise to put away the Caps’ sooner rather than later. The Flyers and Kings have both come back from 0-3 postseason series deficits in the last decade.
This obviously doesn’t look like the same Capitals team from the regular season, not just in this series but in the restart as a whole. Washington has won just one game in Edmonton, a 2-1 victory over Boston in the seeding round.
For whatever reason, New York looks to just be a bad matchup for the Capitals. Washington has now dropped 5 of the last 7 to the Isles’ after splitting 2-2 in the regular season.
When you’re down 0-3, there’s going to be a lot of questions on both ends of the ice. The Capitals have scored just 5 goals in three meetings, but Braden Holtby has also allowed 10 goals on 92 SOG (.891).
New York Islanders
The Islanders seem to be clicking at the right time. New York had 80 points during the regular season which would’ve notched them a 7 seed under regular circumstances.
New York dispersed of a pesky Florida team in the elimination round 3-1 and are now 6-1 since the restart. In those 7 games, the Islanders have scored 24 goals (3.42) which is well above their 22nd ranked 2.8/per in the regular season.
The Islanders did have a stout defense dating back to the regular season ranking 9th in goals allowed. Semyon Varlamov has done a nice job of shutting down the Capitals #2 scoring offense, only surrendering 5 goals on 74 shots (.932).
NHL Betting Trends:
- Over is 11-3 in Capitals last 14 vs. Metropolitan
- Favorite is 39-19 last 58 head to head meetings
Free Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders NHL Prediction:
Oddsmakers are calling this one a toss-up at -110. There’s value on the Capitals staving off elimination, but Holtby has looked lost between the pipes.
4* Free NHL Betting Pick: Islanders -110
The Islanders swept Pittsburgh in the first round last season and is ready to repeat that feat.
**NOTE** – The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will begin Saturday, Aug. 1 in Florida and Toronto. The top four teams in both conferences will play a 3-game round robin for seeding in the First Round. The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will be best-of-5 series with the losing teams being entered into Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery.
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