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NHL Game Preview - underdogs vs at New York

Washington Capitals

New York Islanders
13-11-2 November 30, 2013, 07:00 PM | Nassau Coliseum 8-15-3

New York will try to be nasty hosts on Saturday when the Washington Capitals pay a visit to Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders are 8-15-3 so far on the season. The Capitals, meanwhile, are 13-11-2. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New York go 15-10-1 and the Capitals go 12-14 on the totals.

View Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Islanders in this one found them earlier as -105 on the NHL money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 5.5 at its open earlier today at BetOnline and may have moved.

The NHL Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Islanders rated this week at No. 23 and the Capitals sitting at No. 16.

In their last action, Washington was a 3-2 winner at home against the Canadiens. Bettors on Washington at +104 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

The Islanders were a 5-0 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Red Wings. That made winners of bettors who got Detroit at +100 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 16-ranked offense (2.69 goals per game) against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 22 at 2.92 goals per game allowed. The Islanders powerplay has clicked at a 16.67% rate while the Capitals have a 83.17% rate on the penalty kill.

Next up:
Washington home to Hartford , Tuesday, December 3rd
New York home to Pittsburgh, Tuesday, December 3rd