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Islanders vs. Capitals - 1/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (29-7-3) at New York Islanders (22-13-5)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)

The Line: New York Islanders -105 / Washington Capitals -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSNB, MSG+, TVA

The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders meet Thursday night at the Barclays Center.

The Washington Capitals look to remain hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 25.8 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 21 goals, Evgeny Kuznetsov has 24 assists and T.J. Oshie has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 61 goals on 895 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 18 goals on 210 shots. Holtby has allowed eight goals in his last three games.

Islanders vs. Capitals - 1/7/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Islanders look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.8 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 15 goals, Frans Nielsen has 13 assists and Brock Nelson has 88 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 85.6 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 41 goals on 531 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 45 goals on 628 shots. Halak has allowed seven goals in his last three games.

The Capitals are 40-16 in their last 56 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record. The Islanders are 1-4 in their last 5 Thursday games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan. The Capitals are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York and 50-23-3 in the last 76 meetings overall.

Besides the Panthers, the Capitals are the hottest team in hockey and have been beating up winning teams inbetween time. The Islanders are too inconsistent for my taste. I'll take the team that's on fire for the cheap price. 

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Washington Capitals -105

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