New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals Prediction 4/5/16 Profitable Hockey Picks and NHL Hockey Starting Goalies Tonight
The Capitals have the historical advantage in this series, going 10-14 in their last 14 games against the Capitals, but both teams are coming in off some shutout losses. Both teams could show a lot of frustration and aggression tonight in Washington, and the Islanders really need a win here to secure themselves a playoff spot that has been steadily slipping from them over the past few weeks.
The Islanders (42-26-4) are currently in the 7th spot in the East, dropping from the 3rd slot earlier in the season. With only a handful of games left, it’s going to be a tough race and they’ll need to hang on to every point they can get, starting with tonight’s game against the Caps. Jean-Francois Berube will get the call for this game, coming in after a tough 5-0 loss to Pittsburgh. He’s 3-3 in his six starts this season, adding to the fairly solid defense New York has had all year, ranking 11th in the league.
The Capitals (55-17-4) have been strong all season long, and have to be frustrated after a shutout loss to Arizona on the road. They’ve gone just 4-4 in their last eight games, which isn’t a great reflection of how well they’ve played prior to that. With a secure playoff spot, they may not have much to play for at this point except momentum, but they’ve got to be looking for a win here as a boost of confidence. Braden Holtby will be in the goal tonight, who is 49-17 on the year. The Caps come in 1st in the league in goals allowed, and 2nd in scoring.
New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals Prediction 4/5/16
Islanders need this game in the most desperate way to maintain a gap from the rest of the Metro threats. Capitals already got into the playoffs, they will play hard but they have to evaluate who they want to play in the first round. Right now in my opinion, they want to face either the Red Wings, Bruins or Flyers.
Take the Islanders to win
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