New York Islanders (38-24-10) at Washington Capitals (42-21-9)
NHL Hockey: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -138 / New York Islanders +115 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals meet Wednesday in game one of the NHL East First Round at the Scotiabank Arena.
The New York Islanders are coming off a four-game series win over the Florida Panthers. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.25 goals per game and are scoring on 25 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with three goals, Devon Toews has four assists and Brock Nelson has 14 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 1.75 goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up seven goals on 103 shots faced.
The Washington Capitals won one of three round robin games, but they’re coming off a victory over the Boston Bruins. The Washington Capitals are averaging 1.67 goals per game and are scoring on 10 percent of their power play opportunities. Richard Panik leads Washington with one goal, Radko Gudas has two assists and Alex Ovechkin has 10 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing two goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up six goals on 80 shots faced.
The Islanders are 6-13 in their last 19 games playing on 3 or more days rest, 1-11 in their last 12 games as an underdog and 3-8 in their last 11 overall. The Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 playoff games as a favorite, 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Islanders last 5 overall. The under is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall. The Islanders are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Washington. The favorite is 38-17 in the last 55 meetings.
The Washington Capitals didn't have a ton of success in the round robin games and had issues finding the back of the net through three games. The New York Islanders pretty much dominated a talented Panthers team through four games and didn't allow them to break loose offensively. The Islanders are a very well coached team and don't let go of leads often. The New York Islanders have also had success against the Capitals, winning four of the last eight meetings. I'll take my chances with the Islanders and the plus money.