With the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs well underway we are previewing the 1st Round Game 4 between the Capitals of Washington (45-26-11) playing the Islanders of New York (47-28-7) with the game played on Tuesday the 21st of April at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Colis at Uniondale, New York and puck off will take place at 7:40 PM ET and seen on USA TV.
First we take a look at the first 3 game played to date with the 1st game that was played in Washington on Wednesday the 15th of April and the Islanders won the game 4-1, the 2nd game was on Friday the 17 of April and the Capitals won the game 4-3 with the 3rd game played on the 19th of April 2015 in New York which the Islanders won 2-1 in OT, thus going into game 3 the Islanders lead the series 2-1.
This Game 4 is on Tuesday the 21st of April at 7:40 PM ET at played at New York, Game 5 then is on Thursday the 23rd of April in Washington, Game 6 is played on Saturday the 25th of April in New York and the 7th and final game if need is to be played on Monday the 27th of April 2015 in Washington, with the game times for Game5, 6 & 7 to be determined (TBD).
So with this Game 4 coming up Tuesday and the Islander win on Sunday, the New York team seems to be in the Driver’s seat in this playoff series at the moment. So the Question at the moment is, will the Capitals win this game three and renew their position, or will the Islanders win this 4th game and be 1 win away from moving on the semifinals of the Eastern Conference?
If you Bet on NHL at SBG Global or other online sportsbooks and are a Capitals of Washington fan, the Capitals goaltender Hotly return was not enough to keep that game 3 in the control of the Capitals as the game however, was decided in overtime. The main task the Capitals must work on is how to overcome the Islanders defense that permitted them to only have 25 shots at the goal in their game 3, and their scoring star Ovechkin was unable to score in their game 3. Plus their power play that was to be a huge factor for the Capitals in this game 3 was not proceeding properly as in game 3 they the Capitals were 0 of 3 in the power plays in that game.
If you’re Islanders of New York fan, your team is really demonstrating their physical game, and seems to be providing them with a lot of advantages. So now with them leading the series 2-1 they are seeking a 3rd win before returning to Washington for Game 5. At this point the Islanders are 3-0 in their last 3 home games when playing the Capitals of Washington, D.C. We are at the point to believing that the Islanders are blocking the Capitals offense using body checks that certainly has been working to date, as New York has a considerable advantage in possession of the puck in their series, as they have 77 attempts to the Capitals 46 in their last 2 games. Also the Islanders to date in the series have 149 hits to the Capitals 117 hits and that also is proving to be helpful in obtaining puck possession in these games. However, with all said and done the experts are picking the Capitals to win this game 4 over the Islander 3-2 on Tuesday.