December 26, 2016

NHL Hockey Betting: Washington Capitals at New York Islanders

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The NHL gets back to work on Tuesday and one of the featured games on the board is this Metro Division matchup between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. The Islanders have been having a dismal season but they’re still trying to salvage a playoff berth. That’s going to be hard given the way the teams at the top of the division are playing including the Columbus Blue Jackets at the top (winners of 12 straight games). The Isles had lost five straight games but have won their last two with impressive wins at Boston and home against Buffalo.

The Capitals had been struggling somewhat but have been playing more ‘Capital-like’ hockey in the past week. They’ll head into this game with 7 wins in their last 9 games and are starting to pull into the tail end of the ‘lead pack’ in the Metropolitan Division. Even their two losses were nothing to be ashamed of–they lost by one at home against Montreal and in a shootout at Philadelphia.

New York has Jaroslav Halak back in the lineup but he’s got a ways to go to get back in his usual form. Halak has a record of 5-8-5 with a 3.13 goals against average and a 0.907 save percentage along with 1 shutout. He’ll be opposed by Braden Holtby who is having another solid season again this year with a 15-7-3 record along with a 1.98 goals against average and a 0.929 save percentage with 3 shutouts. It could be another Vezina Trophy year for Holtby though he’s got plenty of competition this season including Devan Dubynk and Sergei Bobrovsky.

Washington has won two of the three games played between the teams this season, splitting two games in Washington and winning on their only trip to Brooklyn this season. The Caps have won 11 of the last 18 meetings between the teams though are just 4-4 on the Islanders’ home ice. The price is kind of high for a road favorite though Washington has taken points in 11 of 15 road games this season (8-3-3). They just look like a qualitative cut above the Islanders and now that TJ Oshie is back in the lineup could be ready to go on a run.