Making on a bet on this NHL game featuring the Capitals versus the Islanders? The puck drops at 7:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at UBS Arena in Elmont, NY. The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 5.5 goals, and the Islanders are favored to win at home against the Capitals.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS VS NEW YORK ISLANDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: New York Islanders -1.5

This game will be played at UBS Arena at 7:30 ET on Friday, December 29th.

WHY BET THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS:

  • With a 1.5-goal advantage on the spread, our projections favor the Islanders to secure a 4-3 victory.
  • Take the Islanders on the moneyline
  • On the spread, we like Capitals (+1.5)

Will Washington Be The Talk of UBS Arena?

As they head into their game vs. the Islanders, the Capitals have a 17-10-5 record thus far. While playing at home, their record stands at 9-4-3, and they have 8-6-2 mark on the road. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 5th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 8th.

In terms of the puck line, Washington posted a 14-18 record. On the road they are 7-9 against the puck line, while their overall home performance is 7-9. For the season, Washington’s games have finished with an average of 5.3 goals per game. Their average over/under line for the season is 6.1. Overall, the Capitals have an over/under record of 10-21-1.

Across their three previous road games, Washington has an puck line mark of 1-2. Their straight up record in these matchups was 2-1 while averaging 2 goals per game.

Offensively, the Capitals come into the game at 2.3 goals per contest placing 31st in the NHL. In terms of shots on goal per game, they are in 32nd position in the league. So far this year, the Capitals are 5-3 in games they have had more shots on goal than their opponent. They are 12-7 in games with fewer shots on goal.

Washington’s current leading scorer is Dylan Strome. This season, he has 13 goals, which puts him 50th in the NHL. Strome also comes into the game with 7 assists.

The Islanders defense is currently 2nd in goals allowed. Opponents are averaging 35.4 shots per game against New York. In terms of shutouts, they come into the game ranked 4th with 4 shutouts.

Goalie Charlie Lindgren gets the start and has made 13 starts this season. His record at this point is 7-3, and his save percentage is 0.6616161616161617%.

Will the Islanders Find a Way to Win at Home?

Currently, the Islanders hold an overall record of 16-9-9 for the season. On the road, New York has a 7-5-3 record, while they are 9-4-6 at their home venue. In the Eastern Metropolitan division, they are currently 4th, and in the Eastern conference, they come into the game sitting 6th.

When it came to the puck line, New York have posted a 18-16 record. Their road performance against the puck line stands at 11-4, while they are 7-12 at home. This season, New York’s games are averaging 6.4 goals per game. Their average over/under line is 6. The Islanders currently have an over/under record of 20-13-1.

Across their last three home contests, New York has a 2-1 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-2, while averaging 3 goals per game.

In terms of their offensive performance, the Islanders are averaging 3 goals per game this season, putting them in the 21st spot in the NHL. When it comes to shots on goal per game, they are ranked 22nd in the league. In terms of power play goals, the Islanders offense is 14th in power play goals. As for shorthanded goals, they are 4th in the NHL.

New York will be looking for a good game from Brock Nelson who leads the team in scoring with 16 goals, ranking 20th in the NHL. Nelson also comes into the game with 14 assists.

Defensively, the Islanders are currently 2nd in goals allowed. On average, opponents are taking 35.4 shots per game against New York. They also are 4th in shutouts, coming in with 4 shutouts.

Heading into this matchup vs. Washington, goalie Semyon Varlamov has started 12 games in this season. His current record is 6-4, and his save percentage stands at 0.5909090909090909%.