New York Islanders at Washington Capitals - 4/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders at Washington Capitals - 4/26/22 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals (44-23-12) vs New York Islanders (35-34-10)

Game Info: Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -213 / New York Islanders +171 --- 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 come into this road contest with an overall record of 35-34-10. Through 79 games, the Islanders are 5th in the Metropolitan Division. On the season, they have found the net 218 times, good for a rank of 25th among NHL teams. Heading into the game, New York Islanders is the 8th ranked defensive team, allowing opponents to score at an average rate of 2.82 goals per game. So far, the Islanders have a strength of schedule rating of 22nd 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 44-23-12. This mark places them 4th in the Metropolitan division. Through 79 games, the Capitals have scored 271 goals, giving them an average of 3.37. This output gives them a rank of 9th among NHL teams. On defense, Washington is the 13th ranked unit, giving up 2.91 goals per contest. So far, the Capitals have played the 21st 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 11th in the NHL.

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Through 70 games, the New York Islanders' goal and overall scoring leader is Brock Nelson with 58 points. He has reached his mark of 36 goals, on a shooting percentage of 21.8%. So far, 28% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Mathew Barzal, who has 39 assists to go along with his 15 goals. However, when on the ice, the Islanders are -16 in scoring differential. New York's top goalie is Ilya Sorokin, who is giving up an average of 2.38 goals per game. In his 50 games played, he has turned in 36 quality starts, giving him a quality start percentage above the league average.

Through 77 games, the Washington Capitals' goal and overall scoring leader is Alex Ovechkin, with 90 points. He has reached his mark of 50 goals, on a shooting percentage of 15.0%. So far, 32.0% of his goals have come during power play time. Behind him is Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has 53 assists to go along with his 24 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 2.99 goals per game. In his 42 games played, he has come up with a quality start just 32 percent of the time.

Coming into this game, the Islanders have an over-under record of 38-39-1. However, when playing on the road, the over has fared better, going 22-18. On the season, 51.0% of New York's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 46.0% of the scoring coming from the Islanders. In Washington's 79 games, the over has hit in over half of their games, going 45-31-3. So far, taking the over when the Capitals are playing at home has been a good bet with an over-under record of 23-14-3. On the season, 65.0% of Washington's games have gone for at least 6 goals or more, with 53.0% of the scoring coming from the Capitals. Look for this matchup to fall below the line of 6 goals, as even though New York is near the league average in goals scored, they have struggled to generate scoring opportunites. With a low-scoring night from the Capitals, I recommend taking the under.

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