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Islanders vs. Capitals - 12/29/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Washington Capitals (18-11-6) at New York Islanders (23-11-1)
Date & Time Monday December 29, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New York Islanders -139 / Washington Capitals +126 --- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
CSNB, MSG+
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NHL | Washington Capitals (18-11-6) at New York Islanders (23-11-1)
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The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders play Monday at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Washington Capitals have won four of their last five games and end a three-game road trip. The Capitals are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored seven goals in their last three games. The Washington Capitals have two power play goals in their last five games and have won six straight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 16 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 25 assists and Marcus Johansson has 67 shots on goal. Defensively, the Capitals are allowing 2.5 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five of their last seven games. Braden Holtby has allowed 64 goals on 806 shots faced and Justin Peters has given up 22 goals on 172 shots.

The New York Islanders have won four of their last six games and continue to climb in the standings. The Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders haven’t scored a power play goal in five straight games and have split their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. John Tavares leads New York with 15 goals, Kyle Okposo has 23 assists and Brock Nelson has 98 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in four straight games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 54 goals on 664 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 37 goals on 279 shots.

The Capitals are 19-7 in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference. The Islanders are 10-2 in their last 12 home games and 17-7 in their last 24 overall. The Capitals are 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in New York and 45-19-3 in the last 67 meetings overall.

Both teams have been hot recently and are making runs in their division. With that being the case, I like the home team here. 

Pick:
New York Islanders -139

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