Washington Capitals at New York Islanders
|Date & Time||Friday March 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, New York
The Line: Washington Capitals -112 / New York Islanders -109 -- Over/Under: 6
The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders meet Friday in NHL action at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Washington Capitals look for another win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 22.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 44 goals, John Carlson has 47 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 140 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 78.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 66 goals on 665 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 129 goals on 1,402 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in five of their last eight games.
The New York Islanders could use a win here after splitting their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 16.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 21 goals, Mathew Barzal has 34 assists and Josh Bailey has 97 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 80.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 71 goals on 1,008 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 64 goals on 885 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or less goals in 10 of their last 12 games.
The Capitals are 35-16 in their last 51 Friday games, 35-17 in their last 52 games playing on 2 days rest and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Islanders are 9-1 in their last 10 games playing on 0 days rest, 8-2 in their last 10 home games and 22-10 in their last 32 overall. The favorite is 42-15 in the last 57 meetings and the under is 7-3-1 in the last 11 meetings in New York. The over is 8-3 in Capitals last 11 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 7-2 in Islanders last 9 games playing on 0 days rest.
The Washington Capitals have turned things around rather quickly and are always tough to turn down when getting these sort of prices. However, the New York Islanders have been the more consistent team overall and have had zero trouble winning on the end of back to backs. While the Capitals are the more rested team by far and you don't get these prices often when they're playing well, the Islanders have been tough in these spots. I'll back the Islanders on their home ice.