The New York Islanders (22-10-4) will look to take care of business at home against the Washington Capitals (23-8-4) when the East Division rivals square off on Thursday.
In second place in the East standings, New York has dropped two straight but sits just two points behind Washington. The Capitals will look to get back in the win column after getting humbled the last time they took to the ice.
With both clubs looking for the confidence-boosting win, let’s find out which team is offering the best NHL betting value in this matchup. The NHL line odds for this Thursday night matchup are live right now!
Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders
When: Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
TV: ESPN+, MSG+, NBCSWA
NY Islanders -120
Ovechkin, Caps, Look to Bounce Back
Washington had its three-game winning streak snapped in Tuesday’s humbling 5-2 road loss against the New York Rangers.
T.J. Oshie and Nic Dowd lit the lamp for the Capitals, who lost for just the third time in their past 17 games. Two of those defeats have come at the hands of the mediocre Rangers. Net-minder Vitek Vanecek made 22 saves, but it wasn’t enough on Tuesday night.
“There are always mistakes out on the ice,” Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said, “but when they lead to breakaways or guys point-blank in front of the net, those are the tough ones. I don’t think that we’ve been guilty of a lot of those big mistakes lately, but tonight it caught us, and it was the difference in the game.”
Washington is averaging an impressive 3.4 goals per game (3rd) on just 27.8 shots per game (30th). The Capitals are allowing 2.9 goals per contest defensively (17th) on 28.7 shots per night (11th). Washington has gone 10-4-2 on the road this season.
Islanders Look to Improve on Blistering Home Mark
The Islanders have dropped two straight including a narrow 2-1 road loss against Pittsburgh on Monday night. Matt Martin scored the only goal of the game for New York in the second period but couldn’t get the job done as Penguins net-minder Casey DeSmith turned back 19 shots. Now, the Isles will look to take care of business at home to improve on their stellar 13-1-1 home mark.
New York is averaging a modest 2.9 goals per contest (15th) on 29.3 shots per night (22nd). Defensively, the Islanders limit their opponents to just 2.3 goals per contest (3rd) on 27.4 shots per game (5th).
Caps Get it Done on the Road
Washington has won three straight and four of the last five meetings against New York including a 3-1 home win on March 16 the last time these division rivals met. The Capitals are 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record and 8-2 in their last 10 road games. New York is 13-4 in its last 17 games as a favorite and 19-7 in its last 26 home games.
In spite of their fantastic home record, Washington is 6-1 in their last seven road dates against the Islanders while the road team in this rivalry is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings. Washington’s superior offense, led by the incomparable Alexander Ovechkin, will get the job done on Thursday night.
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Pick: Washington Capitals moneyline Ev