The New York Islanders hope to celebrate Captain John Tavares’s 600th career game with an NHL live betting upset the Washington Capitals. The Islanders gave New Yorkers, with the Yankees out of the World Series, something to cheer for during the month of October, during which they went 7-4-1, and centre Tavares has scored two hat-tricks and eight goals overall in his last four games to contribute to that success. The Canadian skater has 552 points (246 goals and 306 assists) in 599 games during his NHL career, the entirety of which he has spent in the Big Apple.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 2, 2017
- Date: Thursday, November, 2
- Time: 7:05 PM
- Venue: Capital One Arena
- Sportsbook NHL Hockey Betting lines:
Islanders +1½ (-255) 5½ (-115) +115
Capitals -1½ (+215) 5½ (-105) -135
Islands in the streak, that is what we are
In addition to Tavares, Josh Bailey has two goals and 10 assists (12 points) and Anders Lee has four goals and six assists (10 points) in their current streaks, while the Islanders have scored at least one goal in each on the last 11 periods. “We’re winning a lot of puck battles, getting to those 50-50 pucks that maybe we weren’t a little earlier on,” Tavares said. “You’ve got to take advantage when you get those opportunities and we have been doing that.” New York enters Thursday third in the Metro Division, four points ahead of the Capitals, who are sixth. The Isles are 6-2 SU in the last eight games and 8-1 ATS in the last nine, as well as 5-0 SU and ATS when Tavares finds the net. The Islanders have, moreover, won five of their last six road games and, in addition to winning one of their two games in Washington last season, have covered the NHL live betting spread in four of their last five meetings with the Caps.
Presidents Trophy winners’ performance on par with President’s approval rating
The Capitals are always strong on their own ice, but this season is the first in franchise history in which there is one or more road games between each of their first six home games. This back-and-forth seems to have taken a toll on the Caps, who have lost three straight home games for the first time since 2013. “”We haven’t been very good at home,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “We’re 1-3. So we’ll have to establish something here. I think having the last change will help a little bit. Sleeping in our own beds [will help] a little bit, hopefully. We have to make home a tough place to play again.” Alex Ovechkin (10 goals and five assists) and Evgeny Kuznetsov (3 goals and 12 assists) lead the team with 15 points each, but the former has just one goal in the last eight games. The Islanders, on the other hand, have scored at least four goals in each of their last five games, including consecutive six-goal games against the Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights. The NHL live betting total has gone, unsurprisingly, over in the New York team’s last six straight games.