Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders Prediction, NHL Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Apr 21, 2021

First place in the East Division is up for grabs as the Islanders and Capitals begin a three-game set on Thursday.

Washington
36-15-3-2
AT
April 22, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
NY Islanders
32-17-4-3
Puckline +1.5 -235
Moneyline +105
Over / Under o +5.5
Puckline -1.5 +195
Moneyline -126
Over / Under u +5.5

A 29-13-4 record equates to a share of first in the East Division, and after tomorrow night a 30-13-4 record is good for sole possession of first in the East. The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders share this identical record, therefore their clash on Thursday in Long Island is for first place with under 10 games left in the season.

The Caps will be in tough at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum as it’s the spot of the NHL’s best home club in the Islanders, who are 19-2-2 on home ice. Washington’s a more than respectable 15-7-2 on the road in 2021, so Thursday’s going to be a dandy.

Puck drop is at 7 p.m. EST.

Capitals vs. Islanders Betting Analysis

Washington and New York will actually be squaring off for three-straight games, starting Thursday and ending next Tuesday in Washington. The six points on the line could very well decide the winner of the East, as well as the season series between these two clubs.

Washington’s currently got a 3-2 edge in the season series, but it’s the Isles who have taken the last two contests. Back on April 1 New York posted a season-high eight goals in an 8-4 win. They followed it up five days later by beating the Caps again, this time it was a 1-0 shutout.

New York’s a slight home favourite on the NHL odds at -119, with the over-under pegged at 5.5.

Washington Capitals

With a goal Thursday, Alex Ovechkin will be a top-5 goal-scorer in NHL history. With 730 career goals, Ovechkin’s one back of Marcel Dionne for fifth all-time. Ovechkin unsurprisingly leads his team with 24 goals this season too, which is also tied for third in the league.

Norris Trophy runner-up John Carlson, has posted four goals in five games against the Islanders this season.  He is currently tied for first among all defencemen with 42 points. Carlson’s the only defenceman in the NHL with at least 10 goals and 35 points this year.

New York Islanders

After back-to-back losses in Boston, the Islanders responded with two convincing wins. They defeated the Flyers 1-0 in overtime then blew out the Rangers 6-1. New York’s home dominance and veteran scoring, both of which were on display against the Rangers, has propelled them to the top of the East. Josh Bailey potted two goals in the win, while Jordan Eberle scored his 15th of the year and Brock Nelson added his team-leading 16th.

As per usual with Barry Trotz’s teams, New York ranks second in goals-against this season, giving up 2.28 per game. This only adds another storyline to this upcoming three-game series since Washington’s the NHL’s second-highest scoring team at 3.5 goals per outing.

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