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The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena. The New York Islanders look to build on their three-game winning streak. The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 23 goals, Mathew Barzal has 26 assists and Noah Dobson has 142 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 83 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 90 goals on 1,200 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 50 goals on 568 shots.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 36 goals, John Carlson has 39 assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 149 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has given up 62 goals on 755 shots faced, and IIya Samsonov has allowed 87 goals on 881 shots.
The Islanders are 2-6 in their last 8 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 2-6 in their last 8 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Islanders last 4 overall. The over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall. The Islanders are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Washington and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
The Washington Capitals are going to get the benefit of the doubt at home, but they continue to lose at home, and they haven’t been all that impressive in the last several weeks overall. While they still have to prove themselves on the road, the New York Islanders have quietly put together some nice wins and are showing what they’re capable of when they put their mind to it. I’ll take a shot with the road dog here.