Capitals vs Islanders by 20Legend
The Capitals have certainly showed that they are best at home lately. The last four home games have been won in regular time, while their latest appearances away from home have resulted in five lost ones. They come from a loss against Toronto Maple Leafs (4-2) in their last game which was back on November 27th. That has given the Capitals four days of rest and preparing for another game at home ice against the weakest away team in the Eastern Conference at the moment.
Winger T.J Oshie is injured while the important defenseman Matt Niskanen is expected to play. Goaltender Braden Holtby is expected to get another start here. Holtby conceded four goals away against Toronto Maple Leafs, but his teammates was not helping him at the other end of the ice. Holtby has a total 2.18 GAA and .920 SV% this season.
New York Islanders has not been able to grab a single regular win away from home with six losses in regular time, one OT win and one OT loss. They are also currently last in the Metropolitan Division as well, but their last two home games should have given some confidence. After pulling a overtime win against Calgary Flames (2-1), they also took care of Pittsburgh Penguins (5-3) last night. The Islanders impressed especially during the first two periods as the team were 3-0 up before the last period. However, Sidney Crosby led his team back into the game as the Penguins tied it 3-3 with less than seven minutes to go. The match then went into an exciting finish, but it was the Islanders that got the important fourth goals with less than 30 seconds to go. Penguins tried to get back by pulling their goalie, but it just gave the Islanders an empty net goal to finish the game.
The Islanders has not picked a regular goalie yet as they change between Thomas Greiss, Jaroslav Halak consequently. However, Greiss has been able to win two games in a row and produced three wins in his last four starts. He has a total 2.47 GAA and .919 SV% this season. However, with Greiss getting the nod last night, it is fair to believe that Halak will get his turn here. He has not enjoyed a good season at all with just three wins to his name so far this season. Halak has only a 3.08 GAA and a .904 SV% to show for. It would therefore be an interesting scenario to see if Greiss would get a more consistent starting role in the near future. Defensman Dennis Seidenberg is not expected to take part in tonight’s game.
Washington Capitals home form has been great so far and it should be difficult for the Islanders to get something here. The guests have been horrible away so far and they are also playing back-to-back here, coming from a tough game against the Penguins last night. With the positive trend from the Capitals at home in mind, it should be set for another home win at the Verizon Center tonight.