New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals Predictions, Game 1 Picks, Betting Tips 8/12/2020
Game: New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (+115) Capitals (-138)
Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals play the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 in Game 1 of their series. The odds on this contest have the Islanders priced at +115 and the Capitals are at -138. The over/under has been set at 5.5. The Islanders cover 49.2% of the time, having gone 32-33 SU. Washington covers 56.9% of the time, going 37-28 straight up.
The New York Islanders head into this game holding a record of 35 victories and 23 losses, which is good for 6th in the Metropolitan Division. So far this season, they have racked up a total of 189 goals which has them sitting at 13th in the conference and 24th in the league. Their goal differential is -1, which is good for 19th in the league. The Islanders currently have a total of 80 pts, which has them sitting at 14th in the league and 9th in the East. in respect to shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 2,016 which has them sitting at 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the league. As a group, New York currently has a total of 1,839 hits which means they are averaging 27 per contest. They currently have a total of 980 blocks for the year. The man between the pipes for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has played 2,517 mins defending the goal for the year. Varlamov is giving up an average of 2.62 GAA which has him sitting 11th in the Eastern Conference and 18th among goaltenders in the NHL. Over the course of this year, he has given up 110 goals. His save percentage is .914 which has him sitting 12th in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders went home feeling good about their game by earning a 5 - 1 win against the Panthers in their last game. The Islanders had a good offensive output in this victory. In the outing, they scored on 5 of the 38 shots they put on net. Furthermore, they had 3 power play attempts and netted 1 goal out of those chances. New York ended up with a total of 10 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Islanders was 49 and the Corsi against at even strength was 57 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 46.2%. Their Fenwick was 39 and the Fenwick against was 29, which gave them a Fenwick percentage of 57.4%. They took 25 face-off wins and were beaten on 30 tries to control the puck. Their offensive zone starts were rated at 41.2% and they had a PDO of 113.3 for this one. Regarding their opponent, the Florida Panthers tallied a total of 25 shots. They had a total of 6 penalty minutes and they earned a total of 5 power play chances.
The Capitals will be on the other side of the ice and for the season they sit with 41 wins and 20 defeats. In connection with goal differential, they are ranked 5th in the conference and 7th in the league with +24. They currently have a total of 236 goals for the year which ranks them 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Washington has a team save % of .898 which has them ranked 28th in the league, meaning scoring chances could be plentiful if they attack the goal. They are shooting 10.7% which puts them at 2nd in the East. In net for Washington is Braden Holtby who is having a tough year by giving up 3.11 goals per contest and that has him 25th among East goalies and 53rd among goaltenders in the NHL. In the 2,743 mins he has played this year, he has given up 142 goals. He's earned a save % of .897, which puts him at 30th among East goalies and 58th among goaltenders in the NHL.
The Capitals squared up with the Bruins in an outing where the Capitals took home the win by a score of 2 - 1 their last time out. For this outing, Washington had a 38.6% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 39 and they gave up a Corsi of 62. Their Fenwick percentage was 37.1% by notching a Fenwick of 26 and the Bruins earning a 44 Fenwick at even strength. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Washington had and we'd say it was a below average outing in all. They had a PDO at even strength of 107.7 and they'll go home having earned an oZS percentage of 71.4%. The Capitals netted 2 goals of the 25 shots on goal they tried. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but weren't able to score a goal. As for the opposition, the Bruins had 2 power play opportunities but weren't able to take advantage of it. Washington gave up 31 shots on goal and the Bruins had a total of 10 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's NHL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York (+115)
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