Caps trying to regain footing out East

Caps try to regain footing in Eastern Conference 

Washington didn’t exactly end the month of November on a stirring note. But can the reigning Presidents’ Trophy winner return to form against the Islanders?

The two Metropolitan Division rivals face off tonight in the nation’s capital. Online sports book Bovada.lv gives the Capitals odds of -245 to take care of business at home. Conversely, New York enters the Verizon Center as a +205 underdog.

Bet on Today's NHL Action

Having captured just five of its past 10 contests, Washington (13-6-2) hopes for a more well-rounded effort this evening. It certainly helps that Alex Ovechkin makes a habit of terrorizing the Isles. The five-time All-Star boasts 32 goals and 15 assists in 42 career meetings with Jack Capuano’s club.

New York (8-10-4) will likely call upon Jaroslav Halak to neutralize Ovechkin & Co. The veteran netminder is 6-6 with a 2.73 GAA and .897 save percentage in 12 prior meetings with the Caps. Halak may not be forced to confront Matt Niskanen, either, after the defenseman sustained a lower-body injury over the weekend.

NHL Quick Links: Free Matchup Reports | Injuries | Odds Comparison | Scoreboard | Betting Trends

The hosts are bound to break out of their offensive malaise sooner rather than later. Considering the Islanders’ shakiness between the pipes, this seems like a prime opportunity to light the lamp quite a bit. We’ll lean toward the Barry Trotz-led crew by a comfortable margin.

 

THURSDAY NHL FREE PICK: CAPITALS -1.5

Recent NHL Discussions

How many more are like this on Wed, Mar 2021 by Surfer
Saturday Sharp Action NHL on Sat, Jan 2021 by Jimmythegreek
NHL STARS on Wed, Sep 2020 by iceman17
Chicago Blackhawks on Sat, Aug 2020 by Surfer
Loading...

NHL Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Habs vs. Lightning Game 5 Prediction After failing to do so on Monday night, the Lightning will attempt to finish off the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final, this time on their home ice when the...
Thumbnail Lightning vs. Habs Game 4 Prediction The Lightning will go for a sweep of the Canadiens on Monday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at 8:00 p.m. ET. Will Montreal salvage at least one win the...
Thumbnail Lightning vs. Canadiens Game 3 Prediction Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals will take place from Montreal on Friday night where the Canadiens will host the Lightning at 8:00 p.m. ET. Down 2-0 in the...
Thumbnail Canadiens vs. Lightning Game 2 Prediction The Lightning whipped the Canadines in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night, while the over also cashed in the series opener. With Game 2 on deck for...
Thumbnail Canadiens vs. Lightning Game 1 Pick Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final will be held Monday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL, where the Lightning will host the Canadiens at 8:00 p.m. ET. With the...

NHL Headlines