Washington Capitals at New York Islanders - 4/24/21 NHL Picks and Prediction

Washington Capitals at New York Islanders - 4/24/21 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (29-13-5) vs Washington Capitals (30-13-4)

Game Info: Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -125 / Washington Capitals +105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders meet Saturday in NHL action at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Washington Capitals look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.5 goals per game and are scoring on 27.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Alex Ovechkin leads Washington with 24 goals, Nicklas Backstrom has 33 assists and John Carlson has 114 shots on goal. Defensively, the Washington Capitals are allowing three goals per game and are killing 83.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Ilya Samsonov has given up 43 goals on 423 shots faced and Vitek Vanecek has allowed 81 goals on 878 shots.

The New York Islanders look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17.1 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 16 goals, Nick Leddy has 25 assists and Mathew Barzal has 118 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 82.1 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 65 goals on 848 shots faced and Ilya Sorokin has allowed 34 goals on 434 shots.

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The Capitals are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 21-8 in their last 29 overall. The Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 19-8 in their last 27 overall. The over is 7-1 in Capitals last 8 overall. The under is 8-1-1 in Islanders last 10 overall. The Capitals are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in New York. The underdog is 13-5 in the last 18 meetings. The home team is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.

The Washington Capitals and plus money is always intriguing, as you know they give you a chance to win each night, and they've won four of the first six meetings against the Islanders this season. The New York Islanders are a team I've blindly backed dating back to last season, but they have had some consistency issues these last couple of weeks. I'm going to play a rare total and take the under here. The last two meetings between the Caps and Islanders have produced a combined two goals and four of the six meetings have produced five or less goals. Give me the under.

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