Islanders vs Capitals Prediction - NHL Picks 12/20/23

Washington Capitals (15-9-4) vs New York Islanders (14-8-8)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Capital One Arena)

Betting Odds: Washington Capitals -111 / New York Islanders -111 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The New York Islanders and Washington Capitals face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown at Capital One Arena. Let’s look at the betting matchup and give a free Islanders vs Capitals prediction.

Islanders Playing on Tired Legs

The Islanders are playing on tired legs heading into this game after their game on Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers. On Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens, the Islanders were defeated 5-3. The Islanders on the season is averaging 3.1 goals while their defense is giving up 3.23 goals per game. The offense is ranked 17th in the league while the defense is ranked 20th. Mathew Barzal has scored 10 goals and added 22 assists so far this season. Noah Dobson has scored five goals and added 27 assists. 

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Capitals Coming Off Overtime Win

The Capitals faced off against the Carolina Hurricanes in the last game and they were able to win a shootout. The defense gave up only one goal and that was enough for the victory. The Capitals on the season are averaging 2.39 goals while their defense is giving up 2.79 goals per game. The offense is ranked 30th while the defense is ranked 10th. In this game the defense is going to need to step up in a big way. Tom Wilson has scored 10 goals and added eight assists so far this season. 

Islanders vs Capitals Betting Prediction

The Islanders are playing on tired legs and they are going to really struggle to get the offense going in this game. The Capitals defense is giving up only 2.79 goals per game and they are going to really lockdown here. Look for the Islanders to score only a goal or two and that is going to be the difference here as the Capitals are going to get the job done. Back the Capitals on the money line. 

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