Islanders vs. Capitals - 2/18/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Capitals (41-10-4) at New York Islanders (30-19-6)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Barclays Center)
The Line: New York Islanders +100 / Washington Capitals -110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNB, MSG+
The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders meet Thursday night at the Barclays Center.
The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.7 percent of their power plays. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 35 goals, Justin Williams has 21 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 93 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 83.9 percent of their power play chances. Braden Holtby has allowed 94 goals on 1,263 shots faced and Philipp Grubauer has given up 25 goals on 335 shots. Holtby has allowed 10 goals in his last three games.
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The New York Islanders look for another win after winning six of their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 21 goals, Kyle Okposo has 29 assists and Brock Nelson has 126 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 87 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 70 goals on 810 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 51 goals on 741 shots. Halak has allowed 12 goals in his last three games.
The Capitals are 20-8 in their last 28 road games and 8-2 in their last 10 vs. a team with a winning record. The Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 home games and 4-9 in their last 13 Thursday games. The Capitals are 52-23-3 in the last 78 meetings.
The Capitals continue to prove they're possibly the best team in all of hockey, especially with them winning 20 of their last 28 road games. Even with the Islanders holding their own, fading Washington has seemed to be a stupid move this season. I'm backing Washington once again.