New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are sitting in 6th place with 68 points but are just three points from dropping out of the playoff picture.
The Islanders are 14-9-2 on the road this year but have only won four of their last ten games, but two of the six losses have come in overtime.
The Islanders stand at +2000 to take the Eastern Conference and +4000 to win the Stanley Cup.
Washington sits in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the Boston Bruins for the top spot.
The Capitals are 16-8-4 at home this season and they’ve won six of their last ten games on the year.
Washington stands at +500 to take the Eastern Conference and +1000 to win the Stanley Cup.
New York Islanders: Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov
Greiss appeared to have taken over the starting job from Semyon Varlamov, but both goalies have started two of the Islanders’ four games in February.
- Varlamov has been better in his two February starts, saving 55 of 60 shots for a 2.5 goals per game average.
- Greiss has posted a 85.7% save percentage in his first two February starts after having a 94.5% save percentage last month.
- Greiss allowed just eight goals in four starts in January but has allowed seven goals in two starts this month.
Washington Capitals: Braden Holtby and Ilya Samsonov
Holtby and Samsonov are in a true timeshare as both goalies have seemingly been trading starts since the beginning of January.
- Samsonov’s save percentage in January was 94.4% as he saved 151 of 160 shots for the Caps.
- Samsonov lost to open February, bringing to an end his six-start winning streak.
- Holtby has won just four of his last ten starts on the year and posted just a 86.5% save percentage in January.
Stats to Watch
New York Islanders
The New York Islanders are 12th in the league in power-play success on the road, scoring a goal on 20.3 percent of their chances.
- New York is scoring 2.5 goals per road game, good for 22nd overall in the NHL.
- The Islanders were scoring four goals per game post-All-Star break, good for 2nd best in the NHL, before their 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
- The Islanders are taking 28.4 shots per road game, good for 28th overall in the NHL.
Washington is 6th in the league with 3.48 goals per home game on 32.6 shots in 27 games at Capital One Arena this season.
- The Capitals are scoring four goals per game post-All-Star break, ranking them 2nd in the NHL.
- Washington is allowing 30 shots per game on their home ice, 13th best in the NHL.
- The Capitals have the 24th best home power play in the NHL this year, scoring on just 17.4 percent of their man-advantage opportunities.
Last Five Games
New York Islanders
- New York has won three of their last five games after losing three straight, but have scored 17 goals over the five-game span.
- The Islanders have won five of their last eleven games on the road, but the game in Washington will be just their second road game since the All-Star break.
- New York’s streak of scoring at least three goals per game was stopped on Saturday night in their 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
- Washington has won six of their last nine games, but have won just two of their last five during that span.
- The Capitals have allowed three or more goals in five of their last seven games.
- The Capitals have won just one of their last four games at home, allowing 16 goals in the three losses.
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