Washington Capitals (29-13-4) at New York Islanders (29-13-4)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -115 / Washington Capitals +104 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders meet Thursday in NHL action at the Nassau Coliseum.
The Washington Capitals look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 27.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 24 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 33 assists and John Carlson has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 43 goals on 423 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 81 goals on 878 shots.
The New York Islanders look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 16 goals, Nick Leddy has 25 assists and Mathew Barzal has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 65 goals on 848 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 34 goals on 434 shots.
The Capitals are 13-5 in their last 18 road games and 20-8 in their last 28 overall. The Islanders are 44-21 in their last 65 home games and 19-7 in their last 26 overall. The over is 7-0 in Capitals last 7 overall. The under is 7-1-1 in Islanders last 9 overall. The Capitals are 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in New York. The home team is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The underdog is 12-5 in the last 17 meetings.
The Washington Capitals in the underdog role is attractive and they've done some of their best work on the road this season, but I'd need a little more bang for my buck to back them on the road in this spot. The New York Islanders have been a team we've blindly backed dating back to last season and they continue to get better as the season plays out. The Islanders have also won both meetings against the Caps this month, outscoring them 9-4 in those games. Give me the Islanders at home and the cheap price.