Washington Capitals (30-13-4) at New York Islanders (29-13-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)
The Line: New York Islanders -125 / Washington Capitals +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Capitals visit the New York Islanders in NHL action from the Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night.
The Washington Capitals will look to build on a 1-0 shootout win over the Islanders in their last game. Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals in scoring with 47 points including 14 goals and a team-high 33 assists while Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson each have 42 points with Ovechkin logging a team-high 24 goals while Carlson has 32 assists. TJ Oshie has 37 points with 16 goals and 21 assists while Tom Wilson has 28 points and Anthony Mantha has 26 points with both Mantha and Wilson each adding double-digit goal and assists this season. As a team, Washington is averaging 3.5 goals on 28.7 shots with a 27.6% success rate on the power play while allowing 3 goals on 29.4 shots with an 83.5% success rate on the penalty kill this season.
The New York Islanders will look to bounce back from their loss to the Capitals in their last game. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in scoring with 38 points including 13 goals and a team-high 25 assists while Jordan Eberle has 31 points with 15 goals and 16 assists this season. Josh Bailey’s got 28 points with 20 assists while J-G Pageau and Brock Nelson each have double-digit goal and assist totals with Nelson logging a team-high 16 goals. Nick Leddy also has 25 assists as well this season. As a team, New York is averaging 2.8 goals on 29.2 shots with a 17.5% success rate on the power play while allowing 2.3 goals against on 28 shots with an 82.5% success rate on the PK this season.
Washington is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 21-8 in their last 29 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. The Islanders are 20-7 in their last 27 home games and 36-16 in their last 52 games as a home favorite while the under is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games overall. The home tam is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
I get the case that could be made for both sides as this is shaping up to be an awesome game between two of the league’s best teams. With that said, it’s not often that the Isles lose back-to-back games at home but Washington’s one of the league’s best on the road as well. I think we have another defensive battle here, so give me the under in this spot.