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Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders - 4/6/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Islanders at Washington Capitals
Date & Time Saturday April 6, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Capital One Arena
Washington, DC
The Line
The Line: New York Islanders +102 / Washington Capitals -125 -- Over/Under: 5.5
TV Channel
MSG+, NSWA
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The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals meet Saturday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.

The New York Islanders look for a victory after winning five of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 14.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 28 goals, Mathew Barzal has 44 assists and Josh Bailey has 123 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 79.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Robin Lehner has given up 93 goals on 1,294 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 87 goals on 1,185 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed two or less goals in five of their last seven games.

The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 21 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 51 goals, John Carlson has 57 assists and Nicklas Backstrom has 169 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 79.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Pheonix Copley has allowed 72 goals on 753 shots and Braden Holtby has given up 160 goals on 1,795 shots. The Washington Capitals have allowed three or less goals in six of their last seven games.

The Islanders are 9-4 in their last 13 games as a road underdog, 12-3 in their last 15 Saturday games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The Capitals are 11-2 in their last 13 games as a favorite, 126-56 in their last 182 games as a home favorite and 131-62 in their last 193 home games. The Islanders are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings in Washington and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 41-17-2 in Islanders last 60 overall. The under is 5-2 in Capitals last 7 overall.

The Washington Capitals have won five of the last seven meetings against the Islanders and have been nothing but money in the favorite role these last two weeks. The Capitals are also playing slightly better hockey overall lately and are a veteran bunch that know it's best to keep this momentum going heading into the playoffs. The New York Islanders are playing great defensively, but I need more meat on the bone if I'm going to back them on the road against the Capitals. 

Pick:
Washington Capitals -125

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