Capitals vs. Islanders Game 4 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 19, 2020

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Out of the 194 teams that have gone down 0-3 in NHL postseason history, only four have ever come back to win.  That 2.1 percent chance is what the Capitals have left themselves with.

August 18, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
NY Islanders
Puckline +1.5 -260
Moneyline -105
Over / Under o +5


Betting Action


Puckline -1.5 +215
Moneyline -115
Over / Under u +5


Betting Action


After dropping Game 3 of their first round series, 2-1 in overtime to the Islanders, oddsmakers have priced the Capitals evenly with the Flyers for Game 4. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday.  The total is 5 goals with the over favoured at -135.

Capitals vs. Islanders NHL Playoff Odds

The odds don’t look good for the Capitals to climb back into the series, but they only have to look back to recent history for inspiration. The last team to come back from an 0-3 hole in the playoffs was the 2014 LA Kings over the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. That Kings team went on to win the Stanley Cup.

The over is 7-0 in the Capitals last seven playoff games as a favourite and 5-0 in the Islanders last five games when their opponents allow less than three goals the previous game. The total has also gone over in five of the last six games between these two teams.

Washington Capitals

The Capitals are on the brink of a second straight first round playoff exit because they are playing as a different team since the season restart. Before the pause, they were 2nd in the NHL, averaging 3.42 goals per game, but have only managed to score five goals in this series and 10 in the six games since the restart.

Nicklas Backstrom is still in concussion protocol after receiving a hard hit from Anders Lee in Game 1. They could have used his help in Game 3 as Evgeny Kuznetsov’s power play goal was the only time the ‘Caps were able to get on the board.

New York Islanders

Islanders captain Anders Lee opened the scoring in the first period of Game 3, giving him goals in all three games of this series. Semyon Varlamov came up big in overtime, when it mattered most, stopping Capitals forward Jakub Vrana’s breakaway, which led to Jordan Eberle setting up Mathew Barzal with the game winner.

Although the Isle’s are getting the puck on net, they had 34 shots in Game 3, they are also struggling on the power play, going 0-5 in the game, which puts them at 1-14 in the series.

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