Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders - 2/4/14
New York Islanders (21-28-8) at Washington Capitals (25-22-9)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -147 / New York Islanders +134 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders will look to end their five-game losing streak when they travel Tuesday night to take on the Washington Capitals. These teams have met earlier in the year and Washington won both meetings. In fact, Washington has won the last three games against New York and five of the last seven.
New York has been in a serious slump and a lot of it has to do with goaltending struggles, which has been the case all season. The Islanders are ranked 29th in the NHL with an average of 3.3 goals allowed per game. They’ve allowed a combined 22 goals during their five-game skid. While penalty killing has also been an issue this season, they’ve actually gone four straight games without allowing a power play goal. On the flip side, they’ve also gone five games without scoring a power play goal.
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Washington has won three of its last five games but is also having goaltending issues as of late. It’s allowed a combined 18 goals in its last four games and has needed overtime periods in three of its last four contests. The Capitals continue to thrive on power play opportunities, as they’re four for eight in their last two games.
With the way New York has been playing recently and the long history of it struggling against Washington, you have to go with the Capitals in this spot. The Islanders are 8-22-2 in their last 32 games in Washington. Meanwhile, the Capitals are a solid 15-9-2-2 at home and 6-4-1-1 on two days’ rest.
Expect Washington’s dominance over the New York Islanders to continue.