Washington is playing only their fourth game of the season on Wednesday and they are already almost a 3-1 favorite as they host the New York Islanders. The Capitals are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season and they are getting a lot of attention already from those making an NHL bet.
The Capitals are 2-1 on the season and have won their last two home games. They are expected to make it three in a row against the Islanders. The Capitals had the best home record in the league last season at 30-5-6 so they are going to be heavily favored at home this season. Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist in Saturday’s 7-2 win and he scored the overtime winner on Monday against Ottawa. The Capitals have been missing goaltender Semyon Varlamov due to injury but Michal Neuvirth has played well, stopping 60 of 64 shots in the last two games.
New York Injuries – The Islanders will be without John Tavares on Wednesday. He led New York with 54 points as a rookie last season but he suffered a concussion in a 5-4 loss to Dallas on Saturday and he will not play on Wednesday. The Islanders will also be without top-scoring defenseman Mark Streit and right winger Kyle Okposo.
Islanders are Bad on the Road – Last season the Islanders were the second worst team in the NHL on the road at 11-23-7. Surprisingly, they actually got three points in two trips to Washington. The Islanders will hope that goaltender Rick DiPietro continues to play well. He is 9-3-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average against the Capitals in his career.
Hockey Trends – The Islanders are 15-57 in their last 72 road games. The Islanders are 1-6 in their last 7 vs. The Southeast. The Capitals are 15-3 in their last 18 vs. the Atlantic. The Capitals are 74-32 in their last 106 home games. The Islanders are 6-17-2 in the last 25 meetings in Washington. Over the total could be the way to go in this game. The Over is 6-0 in the Islanders last 6 overall. The Over is 5-2 in the Islanders last 7 road games. The only drawback is that the Under is 5-1 in the Capitals last 6 overall. The Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two and at Washington 18 of the last 23 has gone over the NHL wagering online total at SBG.