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Washington Capitals vs New York Islanders Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 02:00 PM

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5.5

-1.5 +195
CURRENT
5.5o -104

-120
MONEYLINE
+100

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After playing just four games in a 28-day span, the New York Islanders have embarked on a hectic week of four games in six days -- a stretch that could establish the course of their season.

The Islanders look to continue building momentum off their latest pause Saturday afternoon, when they are scheduled to host the Washington Capitals in a battle of Metropolitan Division rivals in Elmont, N.Y.

The Islanders played for the first time in 12 days Thursday night, when Mathew Barzal scored the game-winning goal with 4:53 left in the third period of a 3-2 win over the visiting New Jersey Devils. It was the third straight win and the sixth in nine games (6-2-1) for the Isles, who nevertheless remain at the bottom of the division.

The third-place Capitals, meantime, have had four days off since Monday's 7-3 home loss to the Boston Bruins. It was Washington's fourth consecutive defeat.

The Islanders continue to try to dig themselves out from under their 11-game losing streak (Nov. 7-Dec. 5). Although they are 16 points behind the Boston Bruins in the race for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, New York has played just 29 games, the fewest in the NHL and five fewer than the Bruins.

"Everyone knows where we're at in the standings," Islanders left winger Zach Parise said Thursday night. "We've got a lot of games in hand, so we've got to start winning hockey games."

Thursday's win over the Devils marked the start of four consecutive games for the Islanders against division foes through Tuesday night. After playing the Capitals, the Islanders are slated to oppose the Philadelphia Flyers in a home-and-home Monday and Tuesday.

Like everyone else in the NHL, the Capitals are no strangers to extended breaks this season. The four-day break between games for Washington marked the fifth time since Dec. 1 the team has been off for at least three straight days.

The pauses have slowed the Capitals, who were 16-4-6 through Dec. 6 -- the last games prior to their first three-day break -- but are just 4-4-3 since.

Washington has squandered early 2-0 leads in each of its last two games and gave up six unanswered goals in a span of 14:35 bridging the first and second periods Monday.

"I think we've had too many breaks," Capitals center Nic Dowd said Monday night. "Guys have had too many breaks. I think guys want to play hockey and we're sick of these breaks. I mean, I am, honestly."

But the latest break might have benefited the Capitals, who practiced twice without star Alex Ovechkin (upper-body injury) before the record-breaking left winger returned to the ice Friday. Ovechkin said after practice he hoped to play against the Islanders.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Washington Capitals
3
2
New York Islanders

Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders Recap JAN 15TH 2022

Vitek Vanecek made 23 saves, Tom Wilson scored early in the first period and Alex Ovechkin scored his 755th career goal in the waning seconds as the visiting Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 2-0 on Saturday afternoon in Elmont, N.Y.

Washington rebounded from its 7-3 loss to Boston on Monday and improved to 5-4-3 since Dec. 6 thanks to Vanecek, who was sharp in his first start since Dec. 19 against the Los Angeles Kings.

Vanecek was not tested often as the Capitals allowed one of their lowest shot totals all season and constantly disrupted any attempts at sustained offense by the Islanders, who also had 11 shots blocked.

Vanecek made seven of his saves on Oliver Wahlstrom, including a diving stop during a scramble with 2:29 remaining and a sharp-angle glove save with 1:40 left after New York pulled goaltender Semyon Varlamov for the extra attacker.

Wilson scored 4:35 into the game and that was the only goal Vanecek needed for his third career shutout.

Wilson got his 10th goal when he parked himself in the middle of the slot between the faceoff circles. As three Islanders defended Aliaksei Protas, Wilson got a backhanded pass from Protas and ripped a wrist shot under Varlamov's blocker.

Ovechkin returned after missing Monday's loss in Boston due to an upper-body injury and scored his 45th career empty-net goal with 11 seconds left. He finished off a breakaway four seconds after Nicklas Backstrom dove to block a shot by New York defenseman Noah Dobson.

The Capitals played their first game at the new UBS Arena and it marked the 41st different building Ovechkin scored in.

The Islanders saw a modest five-game points streak halted, were blanked for the fourth time and were unable to reach NHL .500 (11-13-6). New York also saw six-game home points streak stopped (5-0-1) as it went 0-for-3 on the power play and did not muster a shot on a man advantage midway through the third period.

Varlamov made 34 saves in his first start since Dec. 30.

--Field Level Media

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