Islanders vs. Capitals Game 2 Prediction, Stanley Cup Playoff Odds

Sports Interaction Staff | Updated Aug 19, 2020

Islanders captain Anders Lee was the definition of “old school playoff hockey” on Wednesday, with a big hit to open the game, two fights in the first period and the game-tying goal.

NY Islanders
35-23-7-3
AT
August 14, 2020, 8:00 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Washington
41-20-5-3
Puckline +1.5 -230
Moneyline +110
Over / Under o +5.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

Puckline -1.5 +191
Moneyline -132
Over / Under u +5.5

36%

Betting Action

64%

The controversy in Game 1 is regarding Lee’s hit on Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom, less than five minutes into the game and whether it was predatory or a solid hit. The Capitals continued their uncharacteristically average performance in the qualifying round, in the 4-2 loss to the Islanders, who now lead the opening round playoff series 1-0.

The Capitals opened as slight favourites on the NHL odds, to win Game 2 on Friday. Start time is 8 p.m. ET.

Islanders vs. Capitals Betting Analysis

Although they are playing in the Toronto playoff bubble, the Islanders Game 1 win puts the road team at 10-1 in the last 11 meetings between these teams.

The over is 4-0 in the last four meetings, with the favourite 38-18 in the last 56 meetings.

New York Islanders

Fans are split on whether Anders Lee’s crushing hit on Nicklas Backstrom, which resulted in Backstrom leaving the game less than three minutes in, was legal or predatory. After the hit, Lee immediately fought John Carlson and later fought Tom Wilson before the end of the first period. Discipline was the biggest issue for the Islanders in Game 1, as they gave the Capitals seven power chances, resulting in two power play goals for the Capitals in the first period.

Jordan Eberle opened the scoring and started the comeback for the Islanders at the end of the second period, before Lee tied the game at 2 in the first minute of the third period. Josh Bailey’s shorthanded goal stood as the winner and Anthony Beauvillier popped in the insurance goal to give the Islanders a 4-2 win in Game 1. Semyon Varlamov picked up the win with 24 saves.

Washington Capitals

The hit on Nicklas Backstrom seemed to wake the Capitals up for at least the first period, after their sluggish qualifying round-robin performance. John Carlson picked up two assists in his return after missing all three qualifying round-robin games and T.J. Oshie put the Caps up early with two power play goals in the first period.

While the Capitals managed to kill off all four of their penalties in the game, their offense evaporated after the first period. Braden Holtby made 23 saves in the losing effort. Ovechkin still hasn’t found the score sheet since the qualifying round began, but he’ll get another chance with Game 2 on Friday.

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