New York Islanders (39-24-10) at Washington Capitals (42-22-9)
NHL Hockey: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
The Line: Washington Capitals -135 / New York Islanders +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals meet Friday in game two of the NHL East First Round at the Scotiabank Arena.
The New York Islanders have a chance to take complete control of this series with a victory and a 2-0 lead. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Beauvillier leads New York with four goals, Josh Bailey has five assists and Brock Nelson has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 1.8 goals per game and are killing 71.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up nine goals on 129 shots faced.
The Washington Capitals need a win here to even up this series at 1-1. The Washington Capitals are averaging 1.75 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. TJ Oshie leads Washington with three goals, Radko Gudas has two assists and Alex Ovechkin has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 100 percent of their opponents power plays. Braden Holtby has given up 10 goals on 107 shots faced.
The Islanders are 7-0 in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games, 1-7 in their last 8 games as an underdog and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Capitals are 6-2 in their last 8 playoff games as a favorite, 2-6 in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Islanders last 4 overall. The under is 4-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Islanders are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Washington. The favorite is 38-18 in the last 56 meetings.
The New York Islanders have shown great defense up to this point in the playoffs, but they showed their offense can't be slept on in their game one victory, as they came back down 0-2 and scored four unanswered goals to steal a victory. The Washington Capitals are now 1-3 in the bubble and have scored no more than two goals in those games. The Islanders are showing a balanced attack and aren't making many mistakes in these games. They're a team that's growing on me. I'll back the Islanders and the plus money once again.