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Islanders at Capitals - 4/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Islanders (47-28-7) at Washington Capitals (45-26-11)

NHL Hockey: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Capitals -144 / New York Islanders +130 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

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The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals meet Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs.

The New York Islanders ended the season splitting their last six games. The Islanders are averaging three goals and have scored 11 goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have two power play goals in their last five games and have won five of their last eight when scoring at least three goals. John Tavares leads New York with 38 goals, Anders Lee has 16 assists and Brock Nelson has 190 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.7 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games.  Jaroslav Halak has allowed 144 goals on 1,673 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 54 goals on 488 shots.

Islanders at Capitals - 4/15/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Capitals ended the season winning five of their last seven games. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have two power play goals in their last four games and have won eight of their last 10 when scoring at least three goals. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 53 goals, Troy Brouwer has 22 assists and Marcus Johansson has 138 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.4 goals and haven’t allowed a power play goal in six of their last 10 games. Braden Holtby has allowed 157 goals on 2,044 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 35 goals on 294 shots.

The Islanders are 6-2 in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Metropolitan. The Capitals are 8-2 in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 3 or more days rest. The Islanders are 9-24-2 in the last 35 meetings in Washington and 20-46-3 in the last 69 meetings overall. 

The Islandershave had little to no success playing in Wasington. Ovechkin has also been on fire lately and seems eager to make a real run at his first title. I like Washington in game one. 

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Washington Capitals -144

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