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#137 Washington Capitals vs.
#138 N.Y. Islanders
Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 2:05pm EST
Barclays Center , Brooklyn
Written by Valdis Pans

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A season-high four-game losing streak takes the Washington Capitals (3rd in Metropolitan Division) to a road outing against the New York Islanders (8th in Metropolitan), who are riding a five-game point run with four victories.

Caps Lose Fourth In Row

The Washington Capitals (20-8-9) were beaten for a season-high fourth consecutive time (0-2-2) after being thrashed with a count of 7-3 by the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena on Monday. Conor Sheary (10 goals, 19 points this year) bagged a double to give the Caps a 2-0 first-period lead before the B’s tallied six consecutive markers, including four in the second frame. T.J. Oshie (5 goals, 13 points) also scored for Washington, which has conceded 18 goals during its current losing run. The team has been scoring an average of two snipes per fixture throughout its past three games.

Goalie Vitek Vanecek (6-4-5 on the season with a 2.61 GAA and a .907 save percentage) made 12 saves in relief to Zach Fucale (1-1-1 with a 1.75 GAA and a .924 save percentage), who was pulled after giving up four strikes on 16 shots on Monday. Vanecek is 3-1-0 versus the New York Islanders in past encounters with a 1.89 GAA and a .938 save percentage, while Ilya Samsonov (13-3-3 on the year with a 2.76 GAA and a .903 save percentage) has gone 5-2-0 versus the Isles historically with a 2.83 GAA and a .893 save percentage. The Capitals are 8th in most goals scored per game in 2021-22 (3.32), 12th in least goals allowed on average (2.76), 4th from the bottom in power play (14.6%) and 11th in penalty kill (81.9%).

Isles Extend Winning Run

The New York Islanders (11-12-6) returned to action following an 11-day break due to four postponed games because of COVID-19 issues, banking a 3-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils at UBS Arena on Thursday. Mathew Barzal (7 goals, 22 points this year) notched the winner with five minutes remaining in the contest after the Devils tied the proceedings at 2-2 five minutes earlier. Josh Bailey (2 goals, 14 points) equalized at 1-1 during power play at the end of the opening frame, while Adam Pelech (1 goal, 6 points) gave the Isles a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. New York is 4-0-1 in its past five matchups, currently riding a three-game winning run.

Goalie Ilya Sorokin turned aside 30 shots on Thursday and has now gone 9-7-5 for the season with a 2.43 GAA and a .925 save percentage. He has picked up a 0-2-0 past tally versus Washington with a 3.56 GAA and a .889 save percentage, while Semyon Varlamov (2-5-1 on the year with a 2.77 GAA and a .910 save percentage) is 6-9-2 against the Capitals previously with a 2.65 GAA and a .919 save percentage. The Islanders are 3rd in least goals netted per game this season (2.31), 10th in least goals conceded on average (2.72), 17th in power play (19.0%) and 12th in penalty kill (81.5%).

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The Capitals have lost four games in a row for the first time since the last postseason and will be extra motivated to get back to winning ways after their most recent contest, which brought a painful 7-3 home loss at the hands of the Boston Bruins on Monday. Luckily for Washington, the team has been extra efficient when bouncing back from heavy domestic defeats, notching five consecutive victories straight after a home setback by a margin of at least three strikes. Despite having played just three contests in almost a month, the Islanders have still shown great character, currently riding a five-game point streak with four wins, having triumphed in each of their most recent three matchups. New York has, however, struggled against the Caps recently, dropping no less than eight of its previous 11 domestic contests versus Washington. The Isles have also gone with 16 losses in their past 21 games against teams with a winning record.

Prediction: Washington Capitals -135

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Three of the most recent four head-to-head matchups between the Capitals and the Islanders have all been super low-scoring contests, with both teams having exchanged just a total of two (!!!) strikes throughout the said trio of games. So, expecting another fixture void of prominent scoring is definitely the better of options here! When skating on Saturdays, Washington has already cruised below the set goal-mark on the very last five occasions. Five of the past six overall outings of the Isles, meanwhile, have all produced just a modest quantity of snipes, averaging no more than 4.40 tallies per clash.

Prediction: Under 5.5
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