Capitals vs Islanders - 11/11/23 NHL Picks and Prediction

New York Islanders (5-4-3) vs Washington Capitals (5-4-2)

Game Info: Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm (UBS Arena)

Betting Odds: New York Islanders -167 / Washington Capitals +135 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders face off on Saturday in an NHL showdown at UBS Arena. 

Islanders Defense is Struggling

The Islanders sit with a 5-4-3 record overall, but their defense has been a big issue heading into this game. Over the last three games the Islanders have given up 13 goals total and they have lost all three games. In the last game against the Boston Bruins, they were defeated 5-2. Ilya Sorokin saved 30 of the 34 shots that he faced. The Islanders are averaging 2.58 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.0 goals per game. The offense overall is ranked 27th.

New York Islanders Player Prop Facts

  • Simon Holmstrom has scored a goal in each of the Islanders' last three games against Eastern Conference opponents.
  • Noah Dobson has recorded at least one point in each of the Islanders' last seven home games against opponents who are playing on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Pierre Engvall has recorded an assist in each of the Islanders' last four games as favorites.
  • Brock Nelson has recorded two points against the Capitals this season - equal-most against any opponent.

Capitals Offense Has Been Inconsistent

The Capitals sit with a 5-4-2 record overall, and over the last three games they have scored only five goals total. The Capitals haven’t scored more than three goals in any of the last five games. The Capitals overall this season are averaging 2.0 goals, while their defense is giving up 3.09 goals per game. The offense is ranked 31st in the league, and they are going to need to find a way to get the offense going here. 

Washington Capitals Player Prop Facts

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded at least one point in five of the Capitals' last six games on the second leg of a back-to-back.
  • Alex Ovechkin has recorded at least one assist in four of his last five appearances after playing less than 20 minutes the previous day.
  • Dylan Strome has the most multi-goal games for the Capitals this season (2).

Shane’s Free Pick

The Islanders defense is struggling, but the good news is they get to face off against a Capitals' offense that has struggled all season. The Islanders are averaging only 2.58 goals per game and I expect they are going to really struggle again here. Both offenses are going to really struggle here, and that is going to be the difference as this game is going to stay under the total. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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