New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals Game 2 Predictions, Odds & Picks

New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals

  • The New York Islanders are for real
  • Washington needs to shake the arrogance
  • Getting trendy for game two

New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals Odds

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New York vs Washington Predictions and Picks

Game one was quickly leaning in the Capitals favor until they decided to get lazy. Their world and this series then turned on its head very quickly.

Our Pick

The New York Islanders shook Braden Holtby early and often. We like them to continue that trend and go up 2-0 in this series with a 4-3 win.

New York Islanders to win at +110.

A Closer Look at the Betting Trends

The total has gone Under in six of the Islanders last eight as the underdog.

Meanwhile, the total came in Under in four of Washington’s last six overall.

For the record, game one went Over the 5.5 goal mark with a 4-2 final.

How to Watch Islanders vs Capitals

New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals Game Information
WhatIslanders vs Capitals
WhereScotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
WhenAugust 14, 2020 8:00pm EST
How to watchNBC Sports, Sportsnet

The New York Islanders looked a little defeated early on in game one. The Washington Capitals notched two goals less than six minutes apart to go in front 2-0 over halfway through the second period. However, they then decided to get a little cocky.

Braden Holtby and others started making lazy plays and allowed the Islanders to get back into the game. They not only allowed the Isles to get back into it though they also handed them the early series lead in a 4-2 loss.

The Islanders are a Dangers Bunch

We’ve seen it numerous times in recent years. Team after team constantly underestimate the New York Islanders and it would seem the Washington Capitals can now be added to that list. The Caps not only went up 2-0, their grinder Tom Wilson also beat up Isles captain Anders Lee early on as well. Everything was swinging in their favor.

You can’t go easy on these Isles though as they immediately responded with four unanswered goals. They can go down, but they’re never out.

With two-point efforts, Josh Bailey, Matt Barzal and Brock Nelson of course stand out but Anthony Beauvillier is a gem that we love. This guy is sneaky good and entered this series with three goals and two assists already through the four earlier round robin games. He notched another goal in game one and will certainly be a name to watch moving forward.

For the Islanders to continue their success they’ll need to stay hungry in game two. The one negative facing New York is that they sometimes need a jolt to get moving. They aren’t always flying right out of the gates. To go up 2-0 or more though, they’ll need to find a way to stay inspired right from the opening puck drop on Friday.

Washington Can’t Afford Any More Stupid Mistakes

This team loved the option throughout the season of putting Ilya Samsonov between the pipes when Braden Holtby struggled. They don’t and won’t have that option for game two or the remainder of the playoffs though as Samsonov never joined the team due to an earlier injury.

It’s a real shame because after Wednesday’s performance, Holtby would be riding the pine on Friday for sure. After allowing New York’s first goal, he was too slow on a rebound in front resulting in an Anders Lee tying mark. He then handed the puck right to Brock Nelson who centered the rubber for an easy Josh Bailey tap.

Long story short, he looked awful and if the Caps want to get back into this series and look like a serious contender, they’ll need him to turn the tides. Defensive support will be crucial as well of course, but the onus is on Holtby.

Meanwhile, the Caps offense did begin clicking in the second period of the opening game but were then quickly overpowered. They’ll need to sustain and contain to regain any kind of momentum in the second game of the series.

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