The Islanders lost to the Capitals on the road in their last game and look to beat the first place team in the East Division this time around in the Nation’s Capital.
The Islanders have lost two in a row and they are just out of the basement of the East Division with six points. No shock the team is 3-3, as they are averaging 1.83 goals per game and have given up 1.83 goals per game. However, New York only scored two goals in their last game after getting shut out in the previous game.
The shorthanded Capitals are down four players, who are on the COVID-19 list with Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov and Dmitry Orlov all out for this game. They have still won two of their last three games and sit atop the East Division two points clear of three teams. Washington’ defense has had its issues, but the attack is averaging a legit 3.25 goals per game.
Extra Time Not in the CardsIn the Islanders last game they lost to the Caps 3-2 where the game looked to go to extra time but New York allowed the game-winning goal with only 27 seconds remaining in regulation. Noah Dobson and Mathew Barzal each scored in the losing effort, the team was outshot 37-34, and they were 0-3 on the power play.
Semyon Varlamov (3-1 1.00 GAA) fell back to earth in the last game giving up three goals on 37 shots while he had only given up one goal in his first three starts. backup Ilya Sorokin (0-2-0 3.57 GAA) may get the call in this game and while he has lost both of his start he only gave up two goals in his last one after getting lit up giving up five goals in his first one.
Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders with three goals and six points and has two goals and three assists in his last three games. Only three other players have scored more than one goal for an offense that has struggled in the early going. The Islanders had won seven in a row facing the Caps in Washington before losing the last game.
Justin Schultz Plays the HeroIn the last game facing the Islanders Justin Schultz played the hero scoring his second goal of the season with only 27 seconds left to secure a W. John Carlson scored on the power play in the first period and Daniel Sprong scored in the second period for the other goals for the Caps.
Vitek Vanecek (3-0-2 2.70 GAA) stopped 32 of 34 shots in the win after giving up three goals in each of his previous two games. With Ilya Samsonov on the COVID-19 list Vanecek will get the start in this game.
Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington with four goals and eight points and is listed as day-to-day after leaving the last game in the third period with an undisclosed injury. Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson each have three goals and six points and John Carlson has seven points with two goals and five assists and has notched an assist in each of the last four games.
While the Caps snapped their home losing streak against the Islanders in their last game they have still lost five of their last seven games facing them.
The Washington Capitals are:
The New York Islanders are:
- 4-9 in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest
- 2-5 in their last 7 games as a favorite
- 2-5 in their last 7 road games
- 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road favorite