Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/26/21

Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders NHL Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/26/21 Photo by Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (3-2) at Washington Capitals (3-0-3)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

The Line: Washington Capitals +125 / New York Islanders -145 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals meet in NHL action from the Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.

The New York Islanders will try to rebound from a 2-0 loss to the Devils in their last matchup. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 4 points coming on 2 goals and 2 assists while Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Noah Dobson and Nick Leddy each have 3 points with Lee and Eberle each logging 2 goals and an assist while Dobson and Leddy each have 3 assists. Semyon Varlamov owns a 3-0 record with 2 shutouts and a single goal against for a 0.33 GAA while Ilya Sorokin hasn’t been so lucky, going 0-2 with a 3.57 GAA so far this season.

The Washington Capitals will try to bounce back from a 4-3 loss to the Sabres last time out. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals in scoring with 7 points coming on 4 goals with 3 assists while Jakub Vrana, T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson each have 6 points with Vrana and Wilson scoring 3 goals and 3 assists while Oshies has two goals and four helpers. Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson each have a goal and four assists for their troubles this season, logging 5 points. Vanek Vanacek’s emerged as the #1 goalie for Washington for the time being, posting a 2-1 record with a 2.87 GAA this season.

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New York is 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games while the under is 7-0-1 in their last 8 games overall. Washington is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog while the over is 18-6-2 in their last 26 Tuesday games. The over is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

I’m going to side with the under here. We all know what we’re getting with the Islanders, good, fundamental hockey that’s hard-hitting while also disciplined as a testament to Barry Trotz as head coach. Washington on the other hand is still missing 4 key players, including Alex Ovechkin, and I just think that’s a lot of talent to be missing to help contribute to a game going over so I’ll have to take the under in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick Under 5.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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