Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders - 12/31/19 NHL Pick, Odds & Prediction
New York Islanders at Washington Capitals
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 1:00 PM (Capital One Arena)
WAS -169 O:U 5.5
The New York Islanders take on the Washington Capitals in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday at the Capital One Center. The Islanders are coming off of a win over the Minnesota Wild, snapping a three-game losing streak.
The New York Islanders have had an outstanding season so far, resulting in a 24-10-3 record. The Islanders are second in the Metropolitan Division, and the only reason they are not a top their division is that they have to compete with the Washington Capitals, who might be the best team in the NHL.
The Washington Capitals are coming off of a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, giving up six goals to Carolina in their loss, which is very uncharacteristic for the Capitals. The Capitals have won three of their last five games.
The Capitals are 27-8-5 on the season, and on the top of the Metropolitan Division as one of the best, if not the best team in the NHL. The Capitals have already played the New York Islanders once this season, and the Capitals came out of the game as the winners. The Capitals will also have the advantage of playing at home, where they are 11-3-4 so far.
New York is 17-20 ATS this season
The Islanders are 4-0 in their last four games as an underdog.
Washington is 21-19 ATS this season
The Capitals are 140-65 in their last 205 games as a home favorite.
This will be a matchup of the two best teams in the Metropolitan Division. Although even with a win here, the Islanders cannot jump the Washington Capitals, it can do a lot for their confidence and inch closer to being recognized as the best team in the NHL. However, the New York Islanders have struggled to defeat the Washington Capitals recently as the Islanders are 2-5 in the last seven meetings against the Capitals. I think this game will be extremely close, but I believe that the Washington Capitals are just a slightly better side, and this will win this one. Final Score Prediction, Washington Capitals 4-3.