Washington Capitals (20-8-4) at New York Islanders (13-14-6)
|Date & Time||Tuesday December 27, 2016, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders +127 / Washington Capitals -159 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Washington Capitals look to continue their exceptional start to the season as they take to the road for a divisional show down with the Islanders.
The Capitals have been among the league’s best teams this season and are looking as dangerous as ever as they head into action following a short Christmas break as they face off against the Isles in Brooklyn. The Capitals are considered among the league’s best teams and should be in the mix for the Stanley Cup this season as they have a very deep forward crop, a underrated blue line, and a goaltender in Braden Holtby who is coming off a Vezina Trophy and is playing like it once again this season. Holtby is expected to get the call as he is projected to face off against Thomas Greiss who is splitting time in the New York crease with Jaroslav Halak as neither has emerged as the number one.
The Islanders meanwhile got off to a very slow start but have since turned the corner and are starting to look more like an Eastern Conference contender that many expected them to be in the preseason. New York is led up top by John Tavares as he is one of the best players in the NHL and his team will go as far as he can take them as they are a bit thin up top and don’t have the best battery in terms of their goaltending. The Isles have struggled mightily against the East of late as they are 7-19 in their last 26 against the Conference and are 3-8 in their last 11 against the Metro so this isn’t a great matchup for them against a very good Washington side.
The Caps are 7-2 in their last nine overall and 11-5 in their last 16 Tuesday games while the Isles are 16-6 in their last 22 Tuesday games and 1-4 in their last five after scoring five or more goals in their last outing. Washington is too good to be let down here and should be well rested as they lay waste to the Islanders in this spot.