New York Islanders at Washington Capitals - 3/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Washington Capitals - 3/16/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (18-6-4) vs New York Islanders (19-6-4)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -119 / New York Islanders +105 --- 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 need a win here to build on their nine-game winning streak. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.9 goals per game and are scoring on 19.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 12 goals, Nick Leddy has 17 assists and Mathew Barzal has 75 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.2 goals per game and are killing 82.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 41 goals on 574 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 20 goals on 222 shots.

The Washington Capitals look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 26.9 percent of their power play opportunities. Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with 10 goals, John Carlson has 18 assists and Alex Ovechkin has 94 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 18 goals on 183 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 56 goals on 585 shots.

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The Islanders are 6-0 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 16-5 in their last 21 overall. The Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-0 in their last 4 overall. The under is 34-16-3 in Islanders last 53 road games. The over is 3-1-1 in Capitals last 5 overall. The Islanders are 7-2 in the last 9 meetings in Washington. The underdog is 11-3 in the last 14 meetings. The road team is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings.

The Washington Capitals are in one of those grooves we see every year and you usually don't want to step in front of them when they get on these sort of rolls. However, the New York Islanders are a team I often blindly back and usually don't turn down plus money with. The Islanders are the rested team here, have won nine straight games and have won five of the last eight meetings against the Caps. I'm not turning down the Islanders at plus money in this spot.

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Randy’s Pick New York Islanders +105

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