Capitals vs Islanders Prediction - NHL Picks 3/11/23
New York Islanders (34-25-8) vs Washington Capitals (31-28-7)
Game Info: Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm (UBS Arena)
Betting Odds: New York Islanders -140 / Washington Capitals +120 --- Over/Under: 5.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Washington Capitals will play the New York Islanders on Saturday night at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York.
The Washington Capitals are 31-28-7 this season after they lost to the New Jersey Devils in a shootout by a score of 3-2 in their last game. Washington was out shot by a total of 40-22 and went 0-2 on the power play in the loss. The Washington Capitals are averaging 3.06 goals per game, 2.97 goals against per game, 20.9% on the power play, and 82.4% on the penalty kill. Alex Ovechkin has led the Capitals with 36 goals, 25 assists, and 254 shots on goal this season. The projected starting goalie for Washington is Darcy Kuemper, who is 19-20-5 this season with a 2.75 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.
The New York Islanders are 34-25-8 this season after they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime by a score of 4-3 in their last game. New York was out shot by a total of 36-28 and won 55.1% of the face-offs in the game. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.91 goals per game, 2.64 goals against per game, 17.2% on the power play, and 82.7% on the penalty kill. Brock Nelson has led the Islanders this season with 28 goals, 35 assists, and 189 shots on goal. The projected starting goalie for New York is Ilya Sorokin, who is 23-18-6 this season with a 2.35 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.
Washington is 3-9 in their last 12 games and 1-6 in their last 7 games against the East. The under is 9-4 in Washington’s last 13 games. New York is 4-1 in their last 5 games and 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The under is 6-1-1 in New York’s last 8 games. Washington is 6-2 in these two teams last 8 head to head meetings.
These two teams come into this game trending in completely opposite directions. New York is playing their best hockey of the season and they are making a great push for a playoff spot, while the Capitals have really struggled since the All-Star break. New York has won three games in a row and had a huge comeback win against the Penguins in their last game. I like the Islanders here.
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