Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders Predictions, Game 3 Picks, Betting Tips 8/16/2020
Game: Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders
Date: Sunday, August 15, 2020
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (-119) Islanders (+108)
Scotiabank Arena is the venue where Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders will take on the Washington Capitals on Sunday in Game 3 of their series. New York leads the series 2-0. The odds on this game have the Capitals coming in at -119 and the Islanders are at +108. The total opens at 5.5. The Capitals are covering 56.9% of the time, having gone 37-28 SU. New York covers 49.2% of the time, going 32-33 straight up.
The Washington Capitals head into this matchup with a record of 41 wins and 20 defeats, putting them at 1st in the Metropolitan Division. During the year thus far, they have scored a total of 236 goals which has them ranked at 3rd in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the NHL. Their goal differential is +24, putting them at 7th in the NHL. The Capitals have earned a total of 90 points, which has them ranked at 5th in the NHL and 3rd in the East. Regarding shots on goal, they have earned a total of 2,206 which has them ranked at 7th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the NHL. As a unit, Washington has racked up a total of 1,606 hits which has them averaging 23.3 per game. They have earned a total of 754 blocks for the year. Looking after the net for Washington is Braden Holtby from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. He is 30 years old and has played a total of 2,743 minutes minding the net for the season. Holtby is conceding 3.11 goals against average which puts him at 25th in the East and 53rd among goalies in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he's given up 142 goals. He holds a save percentage of .897 which puts him at 30th in the East.
The Capitals had a rough game in their 5 - 2 defeat against the Islanders in Game 2. The Capitals had an offensive game that was below their expectations in this defeat. In the matchup, they netted 2 out of the 25 shots they put on goal. They also had 2 power play attempts but didn't net one. Washington racked up a total of 14 penalty minutes for this game. The Corsi for the Capitals was 45 and the Corsi against was 46 which earned them a Corsi percentage of 49.5%. Their Fenwick was 32 while the Fenwick against at even strength sat at 37, which means they had a Fenwick percentage of 46.4%. They won 23 face-off wins and lost 30 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 55.6% and they had a PDO of 93.9 for this game. With regard to the opposition's stats, the New York Islanders tallied 32 shots. They had a total of 8 penalty minutes and they had 5 power play opportunities.
The Islanders will be looking to add points to their total and for the season they have 35 wins and 23 losses. With reference to goal differential, they are sitting 10th in the East and 19th in the league with -1. They have a total of 189 goals for the year which has them at 13th in the conference. New York has a save percentage as a team of .911 which currently has them ranked 8th in the league, which means chances to score may be limited. They are shooting 9.4% which puts them at 11th in the conference. In goal for New York is Semyon Varlamov who is having a marginal season by surrendering 2.62 GAA and that has him 11th among Eastern Conference goalies and 18th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 2,517 minutes he's played this year, he's surrendered 110 goals. He has a save % of .914, which has him ranked 12th among Eastern Conference goalies and 26th in the NHL among goaltenders.
In Game 2 New York wound up with a 50.5% Corsi rating. They got to that percentage by earning a Corsi of 46 while they conceded a Corsi of 45. Their Fenwick rate was 53.6% by notching a Fenwick of 37 and the Capitals earning a 32 Fenwick. This Corsi rating tells us the kind of game New York had and they put on a good performance in this one. They had a PDO at even strength of 106.1 and their percentage of oZS was 44.4%. The Islanders converted 5 goals out of the 32 shots on goal they attempted. They had 5 power play attempts in this outing and converted 1 out of those opportunities. Regarding their opponent, the Capitals had 2 power play chances but weren't able to put the puck in the net. New York allowed 25 shots on goal and the Capitals ended up with a total of 14 penalty mins.
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Tony's Pick: Take Washington (-119)
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