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New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals - 1/31/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Capitals (33-10-6) at New York Islanders (21-17-9)
Date & Time Tuesday January 31, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: New York Islanders +105 / Washington Capitals -125 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Washington Capitals visit the New York Islanders to kick off the second half of the NHL hockey season.

The Washington Capitals probably didn’t want to see the All Star break with all the momentum they have. The Capitals are on a 13-1-2 run after defeating New Jersey 5-2 on the road Thursday. The Caps saw Evgeny Kuznetsov tally twice with Andre Burakovsky, Alex Ovechkin and Lars Eller also joining the scoring column. Dmitry Orlov logged a pair of helpers and Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots to pick up the win. The Devils offense came off the sticks of Adam Henrique and Stefan Noesen but Keith Kinkaid struggled between the pipes and Cory Schneider’s perfect 18-18 performance was too little, too late. 

The New York Islanders had been largely quiet this season but have found a groove the past few weeks heading in to the All Star break. The Islanders relied on their defense and goaltending to down the visiting Canadiens 3-1 on Thursday for a 5-0-1 record the past six contests. The Islanders received two goals from Andrew Ladd with Josh Bailey also lighting the lamp to make a winner of Thomas Greiss and his 21 saves while Nick Leddy and John Tavares posted two assists each. The Canadiens lone goal came from Shea Weber while Carey Price absorbed the loss despite a monster 39 stops to fall to 2-5-1 in his last seven appearances.

The Capitals are 0-5 in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and the over is 7-1-2 in Capitals last 10 overall while the Capitals are 6-1 in their last 7 vs. Metropolitan. The over is 6-0-1 in Islanders last 7 Tuesday games and the over is 5-0-1 in Islanders last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record while the over is 5-0 in Islanders last 5 vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

No goalies have been confirmed but I’m more inclined to look at the total then the side…

Washington -125

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