Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders - 4/27/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (50-30-8) at Washington Capitals (48-28-12)
NHL Hockey: Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Capitals -135 / New York Islanders +120 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals collide in game seven at the Verizon Center on Monday.
The NHL is a league of opportunity because when you fail to seize it you might not get a second chance. Time will tell if that’s the case with the Washington Capitals as a chance to eliminate the Islander went by the wayside in a 3-1 defeat on Saturday to send the series to a deciding game number seven. The Capitals simply didn’t get enough pucks behind New York goalie Jaroslav Halak despite peppering him with 39 shots. The Caps lone goal came off the stick of John Carlson with the man advantage with only four seconds remaining in the opening period. Jay Beagle hit the crossbar with under six minutes left in the third but that was as close as Washington would get. Braden Holtby recorded 35 stops in the loss.
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The New York Islanders season was on the line Saturday in game six versus Washington and a loss would have meant the last game at Nassau Coliseum would be a disappointing way to close the venue. The Islanders made sure they lived to fight another day behind an offense that did just enough with stellar play between the pipes saving the day. Nikolay Kulemin tallied the game winner with just under 9 ½ minutes to play in regulation while John Tavares scored in the first with Cal Clutterbuck taking all the mystery out of this one with an empty netter. Jaroslav Halak was the real hero with a 38 save performance to pick up the victory.
The over is 4-0 in Islanders last 4 Monday games while the Islanders are 1-12 in their last 13 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game and 1-10 in their last 11 games following a win. The over is 3-0-1 in Capitals last 4 home games and is 4-0-1 in Capitals last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record while the Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 2 goals or less in their previous game. The Islanders are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Washington and the home team is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings while the over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Washington.