New York Islanders at Washington Capitals - 1/26/21 NHL Picks and Prediction
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Washington Capitals (3-0-3) vs New York Islanders (3-2)
Game Info: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
Betting Odds: Washington Capitals +125 / New York Islanders -150 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Capital One Arena.
The New York Islanders look for a win to build on their 3-2 record. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.3 goals per game and are scoring on 20 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with two goals, Nick Leddy has three assists and Jordan Eberle has 15 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 1.5 goals per game and are killing 93.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up one goal on 82 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed seven goals on 56 shots.
The Washington Capitals need a win after losing three of their last four games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with four goals, Alex Ovechkin has four assists and John Carlson has 17 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.2 goals per game and are killing 73.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up seven goals on 53 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 12 goals on 136 shots.
The Islanders are 2-5 in their last 7 Tuesday games. The Capitals are 1-4 in their last 5 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games. The under is 7-0-1 in Islanders last 8 overall. The over is 4-0 in Capitals last 4 overall. The Islanders are 7-0 in the last 7 meetings in Washington and 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
The New York Islanders are a team I've blindly backed a lot dating back to last season and this is probably a spot where that should continue. The Islanders are playing the better hockey and have won five of the last six meetings against the Caps. However, the Washington Capitals aren't going to stay in this funk for long and they're a club you usually don't get plus money with a lot. The Islanders are the smart play, but the Capitals and the plus money is a tough thing to turn down. I'll back the home team.