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Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
When: Saturday, January 18th at 1:00 PM EST
How (TV/Radio): ESPN+, New York Islanders TV/Radio: SUN, KFH 97.5. Washington TV/Radio: NBC Sports Washington, WJFK 106.7 FM.
The Capitals are holding onto a slim lead atop the Eastern Conference standings as they lead second-place Boston by just one point heading into action on Thursday.
Washington has posted a league-high 17 wins on the road this season.
The Capitals stand at +500 to take the Eastern Conference and +1000 to win the Stanley Cup.
The New York Islanders have slid in the standings in recent weeks as their 60 total points are tied for 4th place with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Islanders are 15-5-3 at home this season but are boasting a goal differential of just plus-13 on the year, ranking them eighth overall in the East.
The New York Islanders are holding at +1500 to win the Eastern Conference and +2500 to win Lord Stanley’s Cup in June.
Washington’s starting goalie, Holtby, has lost five of his last six starts and could be in jeopardy of losing his job to backup Ilya Samsonov.
Varlamov has lost his last two starts, including a punishing 6-2 defeat to the Rangers on Monday night.
Washington’s power play has been mediocre in January, scoring just four goals on 22 chances for an 18.2% success rate, good for 20th overall in the NHL.
The New York Islanders are struggling to score goals in January, although their eight-goal performance Tuesday night bumped up their per game average to 2.57 goals for the month.
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