Washington Capitals (20-8-9) vs. New York Islanders (11-12-6)
January 15, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: New York Islanders +115 / Washington Capitals -139; Over/Under: -1.5
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The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the UBS Arena. The Washington Capitals look to snap a four-game losing streak. The New York Islanders look to build on their three-game winning streak.
The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 14.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 24 goals, John Carlson has 24 assists and Evgeny Kuznetsov has 89 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Vitek Vanecek has given up 41 goals on 439 shots faced, and IIya Samsonov has allowed 52 goals on 535 shots.
The New York Islanders are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 18.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 10 goals, Mathew Barzal has 15 assists and Oliver Wahlstrom has 69 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.6 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Ilya Sorokin has given up 50 goals on 669 shots faced, and Semyon Varlamov has allowed 24 goals on 267 shots.
The Capitals are 38-18 in their last 56 games as a favorite and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 5-0 in Capitals last 5 Saturday games. The under is 5-1 in Islanders last 6 overall. The Capitals are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in New York and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Washington Capitals should be the favorite here because they’ve been comfortably the better team this season, and they’ve has success against the Islanders in the past. With that said, the Islanders are showing signs of life for once with three straight wins and the Caps are ice-cold at the moment. For once, the Islanders have betting value. I’ll take it.