The New York Islanders enter their matchup with the Washington Capitals after losing their last game to the New Jersey Devils, 2-0. They were a big favorite for the online betting odds in that contest and they blew it.
They get another tough test on Tuesday against a Washington Capitals team that is 3-0-3 on the year and coming off a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Can the Capitals pick up yet another win or will the Islanders bounce back from their loss in their last game?
New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals
Date: Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
NHL Odds: Islanders -141
New York Islanders
According to head coach Barry Trotz, the Islanders weren’t able to play physical enough in order to pick the win against the Devils. The truth is we know that this team will have some issues on offense and they popped up against New Jersey. Bettors were quite disappointed as they laid juice with the Isles and they couldn’t even score a goal. They’re again a favorite here.
Trotz is hoping his team turns it around despite losing Anthony Beauvillier to injury early in their game against the Devils. His injury is still considered day-to-day, but it is unclear whether he will make it onto the ice. That is a big loss but the Islanders still have a great opportunity to win this game due to the play of their rookie goalie Ilya Sorokin. He picked up 22 saves in his second NHL start and should steadily improve. We know that the Isles tend to make their goalies overachieve.
The Capitals have been beaten up by the COVID-19 pandemic and that may hurt them once again. They were without Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and Evgeny Kuznetsov in their last game against the Sabres due to being placed on the COVID list. To make matters worse, Tom Wilson wasn’t healthy enough to play after suffering a lower-body injury two games ago. However, their rookie goalie Vitek Vanecek has played well enough, having a 2-0-2 record in his first four starts in the league. Including a game that saw him have 45 saves, the fifth goalie in Capitals history to have at least 45 saves in a game.
While he appears to have plugged the leaks so far, there is some concern as he’s giving up lots of goals. He’s allowed three or more in three straight games, giving up 11 in total. That might be just what the doctor ordered for an Islanders team that is coming off a shut out loss.
Prediction: Islanders 2, Capitals 1
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