NHL Preview and Free Pick: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
Two clubs battling for playoff positioning in the Eastern Conference face off in one of tonight’s featured
NHL matchups. The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals are headed to the Big Apple
to face the New York Islanders, a meeting of two teams separated by just two points in the standings.
Date/Time/TV: Fri. Mar.1, 7:00 PM EST, ESPN+
Money Line: Washington Capitals -110, New York Islanders -110
The Capitals bring a two-game winning streak to the table for tonight’s festivities. The team was last
in action on Tuesday at home versus the Ottawa Senators, skating away with a big 7-2 win.
Washington is in 5th place in the east with a record of 36-21-7 and 79 points.
The Islanders are right ahead of them with 81 points and a mark of 37-19-7. The team was home last
night for a key showdown with the 3rd place Toronto Maple Leafs, and they took care of business to
the tune of a 6-1 victory.
Washington hit a rough patch in January with seven consecutive losses, but the team has turned
things back around. The Capitals are 6-3-1 (6-4 O/U) over the last 10 outings. On the road this
season, Washington is a solid 17-12-2.
Bradley Holtby is expected to be in goal tonight. He’s 22-16-4 thus far with a 3.01 GAA and .908
save percentage. Holtby has wins in three of his last five with 14 goals allowed. Alex Ovechkin tops
the team in points and goals with 74 and 44. John Carlson leads the team with 47 assists.
New York Islanders
The Islanders have a matching record of 6-3-1 (4-5-1 O/U) for their last 10. The win over the Maple
Leafs was a bounce back from Tuesday’s 3-1 home defeat to the Calgary Flames. For the year, the
Islanders are 19-8-4 on the home ice.
Thomas Greiss has the probable designation for the Islanders. He has a record of 17-9-2 with a 2.26
GAA and .928 save percentage. Greiss is 3-2 over his last five with just six goals allowed. Anders
Lee is the team’s leading goal scorer with 22. Mathew Barzal leads the squad with 52 points and 35
Capitals vs. Islanders Prediction
These two clubs last faced off in January in the nation’s capital. The Islanders skated away with a 2-0
victory. Washington had won the previous three meetings. Over the last 10, the Islanders and
Capitals are deadlocked at 5-5.
The playoff race in the east is intensifying as the regular season winds down, and this is a crucial
showdown with just two points separating these two teams. The Islanders were hostile hosts to the
Maple Leafs last night, and we’re expecting more of the same this evening. We’ll take the hosts to
get the win.
Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders Pick: New York Islanders -110