Islanders vs Washington: prediction for the NHL game
New York Islanders
The Islanders are in last place in the Metropolitan Division, but they have a good chance to improve their position because they have seven games in hand. New York rarely celebrated success this season, but recently they mounted a winning streak, having defeated Buffalo (4:1), Edmonton (3:2 OT) and New Jersey (3:2).
The Islanders have not conceded more than two goals in any of the last matches. But Barry Trotz's men perform poorly against the leaders, such as Washington, and experience the greatest difficulty creating scoring chances. On average, they score no more than two goals per game even at home.
Washington are 3rd in their division with a total of 47 points to their name. The team suffered a dip in form and lost the last four games, for instance, they suffered a defeat to Minnesota (2:3 SO) and got crushed by Boston with a score of 3:7.
Peter Laviolette's men don't have problems with the line-up, and, perhaps, a few days break helped the club to recover, and the Capitals will get back to the winning ways.
In 3 out of 4 games against the Capitals, the Islanders scored fewer than 3 goals.
In 3 out of 4 matches between the teams, less than 2 goals were scored in the first period.
Washington are on a four-game losing streak, while the Islanders seem to be showing good results. However, New York didn't face such powerful opponents as the Capitals, who had a few days to rest and recover. We suggest betting on the visitors here.
Our prediction - Washington to win
The Islanders rarely score more than two goals against the league leaders. Throughout the season, the team experienced problems with creating and converting their chances, so we suggest betting on the Islanders' individual total.
Second bet - Islanders IT under 2.5 goals