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Can Caps cure road woes vs slumping Islanders?

The Washington Capitals take their show on the road tonight to face the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center. The Islanders were 1-3 SU on their four-game road trip and lost three in a row. They’ll be excited to be back in Brooklyn where they’re 8-3 SU on the season and opened as slight favorites at -105.

  • The total has gone OVER in three of the Capitals’ last four games against the Islanders.
  • The Islanders are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games after a loss.
  • The Capitals are 6-2 SU in their last eight games against their division on the road.

The Islanders are scratching and clawing to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. After dropping three straight, New York sits in a wild-card position and tonight’s game will be a great way to springboard past Washington. One trend that bodes well for the Islanders is how they perform as a favorite as they’re 9-3 SU in their last 12 when favored. The top line of John Tavares, Josh Bailey and Anders Lee has been lights out this season, combining for 40 goals, and will certainly make it difficult for the Caps to escape with a win.

If this game was at the Capital One Arena, bettors should be heavily backing the Capitals, who have been excellent in their barn. But on the road, it’s a different story as Washington is 6-7 SU and ATS this season and has dropped three of its last four. The mishaps on the road shouldn’t be attributed to Alexander Ovechkin, though, as he’s still managed to score 10 of his league-leading 21 goals away from his home rink.

The total opened at 6 and bettors may want to consider the OVER. Both of these teams average over three goals per game and the Islanders are the highest-scoring team in the league with a whopping 3.71 goals per game. When you factor in that the OVER has hit in nine of New York’s 11 home games this season, expectations should be in place for an offensive explosion.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada had the New York Islanders as -120 moneyline favorites in this particular NHL matchup earlier. The OVER/UNDER total, meanwhile, was set early at 6 before betting started to move the line at Bet365.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.8-1.8 result in favor of the Capitals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NHL matchups here.

Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Islanders are 16-10-3 so far on the season. The Washington Capitals, meanwhile, are 18-11-1. OVER/UNDER betting fans have seen New York go 19-9-1 and the Capitals go 17-13 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Washington injuries news.

This game puts the Islanders, most recently No. 4 in the OddsShark NHL Power Rankings, up against the Capitals, who rate a No. 27 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New York's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 3.71 goals per game, against a Capitals defense that ranks No. 14 at 3 goals allowed. The Islanders power play is averaging 21.18% while the Capitals defense kills off 77.32% of their penalties.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Washington won its last outing, a 4-2 result against the Rangers on December 8. Bettors who backed the Capitals at -127 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (6) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for New York, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Bruins on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Bruins at -155 were rewarded, while the 4 combined goals moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Betting Trends
  • Washington is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Washington is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games
  • Washington is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • New York is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • New York is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 6 games
  • New York is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Washington home to Colorado, Tuesday, December 12
New York home to Dallas, Wednesday, December 13