New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals Prediction, 1/28/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (-140) Capitals (+120)
Vitek Vanecek and the Washington Capitals (4-0-3) play the New York Islanders (3-3-0) at Capital One Arena on Thursday. The Capitals open this contest at +120 while the Islanders are coming in at -140. The over/under has been set at 5.5.
The Islanders had a rough game after their 3 - 2 loss against the Capitals their last time out. The Islanders didn't have their best offensive outing in the defeat. For the matchup, they finished 2 of the 34 shots they put on goal. Furthermore, they had 3 power play opportunities but didn't get a goal. New York had 7 penalty mins in this outing. The Corsi for the Islanders was 50 and the Corsi against was 65 which means they earned a Corsi percentage of 43.5%. Their Fenwick was 36 while the Fenwick against sat at 46, giving them a rate of 43.9%. They earned 20 face-off wins at even strength and lost 21 of all total face-offs. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 39.3% and they had a PDO of 100.2 for this matchup. Regarding their opponent, the Washington Capitals racked up 37 shots. They ended the game with 6 penalty mins and they notched 2 power play attempts.
New York Islanders opponents have recorded 19 power play opportunities (24th in pro hockey) and have tallied 3 goals in those chances. The Islanders have had 175 shots attempted against them and hold a save percentage of .937. New York has attempted 170 shots and holds a shooting percentage of 6.5%. When at even strength, the Islanders have conceded 8 goals while scoring 7 on the offensive side of the ice. New York has tallied 25 power play chances and they have scored 4 goals out of those tries, garnering them a rate of 16.00%. For the current campaign, they have accumulated 6 points and their points percentage is sitting at .500. In regard to their scoring, the New York Islanders have accumulated 11 goals (30th in the National Hockey League) on the season and have given up 11.
The man protecting the goal in this game is Semyon Varlamov. Over the course of his pro career, Varlamov is sitting with 264 quality starts and his rate for quality starts is .557. He has a save percentage of .916 for his 28,427 mins on the ice. Varlamov has seen 14,958 shots taken against him and has accrued 13,699 total saves. The opposition has notched 1,259 goals against Varlamov in his career and his goals against average per game is 2.66. He has amassed an overall record of 235-184-56 and he was named the starter in 474 games. Varlamov has participated in 497 matchups during his NHL career.
In their win over the Islanders, Washington wound up with a 56.5% Corsi rating. That percentage was had by having a Corsi of 65 and they conceded a Corsi of 50. They earned a Fenwick percentage of 56.1% by notching a Fenwick of 46 and the Islanders having earned a 36 Fenwick at even strength. This Corsi percentage speaks to the kind of game that Washington played and you can say they had a mediocre outing. Their PDO at even strength was 99.8 and they earned an oZS percentage of 60.7%. The Capitals scored 3 goals of the 37 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play opportunities in this game and scored 1 out of those attempts. In discussing their opponent, the Islanders had 3 power play chances but were not able to notch a goal. Washington allowed 34 shots on goal and the Islanders racked up 7 minutes in the box.
The Capitals have earned 19 goals at even strength and 5 goals (13th in pro hockey) while having a power play advantage. Washington has taken 198 shots (14th in hockey) and has earned a shooting percentage of 12.12%, while allowing their opponents 223 shots. During this campaign, the Washington Capitals have a total of 24 goals, 11 points, and a points percentage of .786. They have a total of 14 power play opportunities and they have accumulated a power play rate of 35.71%. They have a penalty kill rate of 76.92% on their opponents 26 power play tries, and their save percentage sits at 12.1%. They have allowed 21 goals to be scored by way of 14 goals at even strength and 6 goals while they had less men on the ice.
For the opposition you are likely to see Vitek Vanecek protecting the goal. Vanecek has accumulated a career record of 3-0-2 and has been in net for 5 games. Vanecek's quality start rate sits at 60.0% and he has qualified for 3 quality starting assignments in his NHL career. He has tallied 156 stops out of the 170 shots taken against him, which gives him a save % of .918. His opposition is averaging 2.70 goals per game and he has allowed 14 goals in total. He has started in 5 contests and has been on the ice for 311 minutes.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Washington (+120) and under 5.5 goals
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