Washington Capitals at New York Islanders Betting Preview/Player Prop
The New York Islanders host the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night for a showdown in the East Division. The winner of this game will leave New York in first place, as the playoff race is starting to heat up.
Washington comes into this game with 54 points on the season (25-9-4), and they have spent a majority of it on top of the East Division standings. The Capitals have won two straight games, and they look like a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
The New York Islanders have also won two straight games, and they are keeping pressure on the Capitals. New York has 52 points on the year (24-10-4) and can catch Washington with a win in this game.
The Islanders are -134 over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night. Puck drop is at 7:00 P.M. Eastern.
Capitals Lethal on Offense
The Capitals are one of the most explosive teams in the National Hockey League, and they are led by one of the best ever to lace up skates. Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 19 goals, and he continues to be one of the top players in the league.
Center Nicklas Backstrom has chipped in with 26 assists and also leads the team with 39 total points. Washington is scoring 3.42 goals per game, and they convert nearly 25 percent of their chances on the power play.
Washington will allow some opportunities for the Islanders to score, as the Caps give up more than three goals per game. That could prove a problem when the playoffs start, and Washington is looking to figure things out before that time comes.
Islanders Shutting Down Opponents
The Islanders are holding opponents to just 2.3 goals per game, and this will be the ultimate test on Tuesday night. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov has three shutouts already this season, and he is stopping nearly 92 percent of the shots he faces.
New York has also found plenty of offense this season, with Mathew Barzal leading the team with 13 goals and 34 total points. Defenseman Nick Leddy continues to find a way to get in on the scoring, leading the team with 24 assists.
The Islanders want to slow down the pace in this game, but this team can also score when needed.
Washington Wins on the Road
This game has the potential to be a playoff preview in the East Division, and both teams are playing excellent hockey this season. Both teams are scoring over three goals per game, and this could be a high-scoring affair.
The New York Islanders want to win this game by slowing down the Capitals, but few teams have accomplished that feat this season. Look for the Capitals to take advantage of every opportunity as they pick up a big win and stay atop the division.
New York has been on a terrific run, but this game will prove that they still have a ways to go to catch the Capitals. Bet the Washington Capitals money line over the New York Islanders in this crucial East Division matchup on Tuesday night.
BETTING PICK: Washington Capitals (+112).
Nicklas Backstrom Over 0.5 Assists (+110)
Age may be slowing down the Caps center a bit, but it’s hard to tell from his statistics. The 33-year-old, 13-year veteran is leading Washington in points (39) and assists (26) this season. The assist total ranks him 14th overall in the league.
The production has allowed Backstrom to reach some milestones as well. He joined the 700 assist club back on March 5th against Boston, becoming the second fastest active player (behind Sidney Crosby) and 23rd fastest all time to reach that mark.
And the assists keep coming. He’s picked up 4 in his last 5 games. And against tonight’s opponent, the NY Islanders, he’s had 5 in 4 games this season.
These two teams have produced some high-scoring games, including last Thursday’s 8-4 win by the Islanders. Tonight looks to be no different and that should mean plenty of opportunities for Backstrom. We’ll take the Caps veteran (+110) to go Over 0.5 assists.
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