Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders Prediction, 4/24/2021 NHL Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Capitals (+105) Islanders (-125)
Barclays Center is the site where Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders (29-13-5) will play the Washington Capitals (30-13-4) on Saturday. The Islanders open this game at -125 while the Capitals are coming in at +105. The O/U has been set at 5.5.
The Capitals were on the right side of the scoreboard with a 1-0 victory against the Islanders their last time out. The offensive zone starts for them came in at 32.1% and they had a PDO of 100.0 in this game. They accumulated 19 face-off wins at even strength and lost on 17 opportunities to take control of the puck. Their Fenwick was 38 and the Fenwick against was 29, giving them a Fenwick percentage of 56.7%. The Corsi for the Capitals sat at 49 and the Corsi against at the end of this game was 36 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 57.6%. Washington tallied 6 penalty mins in this game. They also had 3 chances on the power play but weren't able to make the most of them. The Capitals didn't have a great showing offensively in the win. For the game, they tallied a score on 1 of the 28 shots they put on net.
In regard to scoring goals, the Washington Capitals have accumulated 161 goals (1st in the NHL) this year and have given up 139. For the year, they have racked up 64 points and their points percentage comes in at .681. Washington has tallied 130 power play opportunities and they have tallied 35 goals during those advantages, giving them a percentage of 26.92%. When playing at even strength, the Capitals have surrendered 116 goals while having 126 on the offensive side of the ice. Washington has attempted 1,346 shots and is the owner of a shooting percentage of 12.0%. The Capitals have had 1,379 shots tried against them and have a save percentage of .899. Washington Capitals opponents have earned 141 power play tries (12th in the league) and have scored 23 goals in those attempts.
The man in goal for this game is Vitek Vanecek. Throughout his time in hockey, Vanecek has tallied 16 quality starts and his quality starts percentage sits at .533. His save percentage sits at .908 during his 1,756 minutes played. Vanecek has seen 878 shot attempts taken against him and he has 797 saves. Opponents have notched 81 goals against Vanecek in his career and his average for goals against per game is 2.77. He has earned an overall record of 17-9-3 and was named the starter in 30 games. Vanecek has played in 31 matchups over the course of his NHL career.
In their loss to Washington, New York had a 42.4% Corsi rate. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game New York played and you might say they will look have a bounce back performance in their next game. Their Fenwick percentage came in at 43.3% by accumulating a Fenwick of 29 and the Capitals having accrued a 38 Fenwick. Their PDO was 100 and they had an oZS percentage of 67.9%. The Islanders notched 0 goals out of the 26 shots on goal they attempted. They had 2 power play attempts in this one but didn't score a goal.
This season, the New York Islanders have notched a total of 129 goals, 63 points, as well as a points percentage of .670. They have granted a total of 105 goals to be scored by way of 85 goals at even strength and 20 goals while they were shorthanded. The Islanders have tallied 107 goals at even strength and 22 goals (25th in the NHL) while having more men on the ice. They have a total of 128 chances on the power play and they have accumulated a power play percentage of 17.19%. New York has attempted 1,367 shots (19th in hockey) and has earned a shot percentage of 9.44%, while allowing their opponents 1,316 shots. They have accumulated a penalty kill percentage of 82.91% on their opponents 117 opportunities on the power play, and their save percentage comes in at 92.0%.
For the opposition you are likely to see Semyon Varlamov in goal. Opponents are averaging 2.64 goals per game and he has given up 1,320 goals in total. Varlamov's quality start rate comes out to 56.2% and he has 281 quality starting assignments in his career. He has made the start in 500 games and has been on the ice for 30,029 minutes. Varlamov has accumulated a career record of 249-192-60 and has been in net for 524 games. He has tallied 14,395 saves out of the 15,715 shots taken against him, giving him a save percentage of .916.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Washington (+105)
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