New York Islanders at Washington Capitals - 3/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Washington Capitals - 3/15/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (32-18-10) vs New York Islanders (24-24-8)

Game Info: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -138 / New York Islanders +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Washington Capitals host the New York Islanders Islanders in Tuesday NHL Action.

The New York Islanders Islanders come into this road contest with an overall record of 24-24-8. Through 56 games, the Islanders are 6th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 152 times, good for a rank of 29th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 4th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.71 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 30th in the league. When diving into their opponent-adjusted scoring margin, they come into this game as the 20th ranked team in the NHL.

The Washington Capitals get set to host the New York Islanders Islanders with an overall record of 32-18-10. This mark places them 4th in the Metropolitan division. Through 60 games, the Capitals have scored 197 goals, giving them an average of 3.25. This output gives them a rank of 10th among NHL teams. On defense, Washington is the 9th ranked unit, giving up 2.78 goals per contest. So far, the Capitals have played the 25th toughest schedule in the league. And, when taking into account Washington's scoring margin relative to the quality of their competition, they come in with a power ranking of 10th in the NHL.

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Through 56 games, the New York Islanders' leading goal scorer is Brock Nelson. With his 11 assists, he is the second in overall points, coming in at 34. On the season, he is turning 20.2% of his shots into goals. In addition, the Islanders have benefited from the strong play of Mathew Barzal, who is the team's overall leader in points. In New York's 56 games, he has come up with 12 goals on a shooting percentage of 10.3%. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -4 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.33 goals per game. In his 39 games played, he has turned in 26 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 58 games, the Washington Capitals' goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin, with 71 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 13.9%. So far, 28% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 38 assists to go along with his 19 goals. While on the ice, his offensive production has led to a plus-minus rating of +10.0. Washington's top goalie is Ilya Samsonov, who is giving up an average of 2.96 goals per game. In his 33 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 31 percent of the time.

On the season, the Washington Capitals have a per-game scoring differential of 0.47. Even when playing at home, the team is winning games by an averge margin of 0.7 goals. Heading into their game with the New York Islanders, the Capitals have a 4-1 record over their past five contests. In these games, they have scored 21 goals, accounting for 62.0% of the overall scoring. A key to this recent success is the fact that they have outscored their usual output of 3.25 goals per game 4 times. Look for Washington to pull off the win over New York, as throughout the season, New York has struggled on the road.

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