The New York Islanders conclude their season series with the first placed Washington Capitals in D.C. Here’s everything to know about the matchup.
The New York Islanders are trying to split their season series with the Capitals tonight in the capital city. The Islanders are coming off a tough 3-1 loss to the Lightning on Saturday night. Meanwhile, on Saturday the Caps got thrashed by Philly 7-2.
This game is the start of a back-to-back for the blue and orange against divisional opponents. They are hoping to take 2 points from the Caps before taking on Philly at home tomorrow.
The Season Series
This series has been dominated by the road teams. The road team has one each game the past two seasons.
In the Islanders regular-season opener the Capitals silenced the blue and orange faithful by winning 2-1. As you would expect in an opening game, it was a tight-checking affair.
The next time these teams met was on New Year’s Eve where the Islanders won 4-3. Casey Cizikas led the Islanders with two goals and Semyon Varlamov stood on his head in the third period stopping all 18 shots faced.
Most recently, the Isles blew a 4-1 third period lead at home to lose to the Capitals 6-4. Ovechkin led the comeback charge, scoring a hat-trick for the Caps. This game was extremely heartbreaking for both Islanders fans and players, alike.
Tale of the Tape
As we can see by the Tale of the Tape, the Capitals dominate this matchup, but as we all know these stats are thrown-out when the teams take the ice.
The Islanders are the underdogs in this matchup. They come in at a +155 money line, courtesy of the Action network.
The Capitals have been playing great hockey as of late and are on top dog in the Metro division, but the road team has had the advantage in this matchup. This game is a complete toss-up.