New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals NHL Pick – March 15

The NHL is set up with another great slate of games throughout March 15. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Tuesday night. One of these games will be between the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals. These two teams have been strong on the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.

New York has earned a record of 24-24-8 throughout this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Metropolitan division. The Islanders have won three games in a row and four of their last five. New York is 18 points out of a playoff spot with four games in hand. The Islanders will need a really strong finish if they want to keep their postseason streak alive.

The Capitals have put up a record of 32-18-10 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the Metropolitan division. Washington is coming off a win in their last game and have won four of their last five. The Capitals are in the final wild card spot and will look to hold on with a win in this one. I expect Washington to come out quickly at home.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Both teams have been solid as of late and will look to get going early. The Islanders have been a bit better entering this matchup. Washington is coming back home after a successful road trip. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
New York Islanders +1 ½ (-180) +140 Over 5 ½ (-108)
Washington Capitals -1 ½ (+160) -155 Under 5 ½ (-102)

 

Team Data New York Islanders Washington Capitals
Overall Record 24-24-8 32-18-10
Away/ Home Record 10-12-4 14-11-5
Goals Per Game 2.70 3.25
Goals Per Game Away/ Home 2.69 3.17
Save Percentage .915 .905
Save Percentage Away/ Home .906 .893

Betting Trends

New York Islanders

  • 4-3 in March
  • 6-6 against divisional opponent
  • 12-16 after a non-Conference game
  • 7-10 after scoring four goals or more
  • 0-2 after three straight wins
  • 5-20 against team with a winning record

Washington Capitals

  • 4-1 in March
  • 5-3 on Tuesday nights
  • 3-5 when playing on three or more days rest
  • 10-6 against divisional opponents
  • 15-10 after a non-Conference game
  • 12-15 after scoring four or more goals
  • 13-11 against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up once this season on January 15 in New York. Semyon Varlamov finished with 34 saves on 35 shots, but it was not enough for the Islanders in this one. Tom Wilson and Alex Ovechkin both scored a goal for the Capitals. Washington was able to hold on for a 2-0 win to take the first meeting of the season series.

Special Teams

The Islanders have been solid on special teams throughout this season. New York has scored on 28 of their 144 power play chances, which is 19.4 percent power play. The Islanders have killed off 124 of their opponents 137 power play attempts, which is an 83.2 percent kill rate. New York is 20th on the power play and 7th on the kill this season.

Washington has been solid on special teams as well on the season. The Capitals have capitalized on 34 of their 183 power play opportunities, which is an 18.6 percent success rate. Washington has given up 32 power play goals on 165 penalties against, which is an 80.6 percent penalty kill. The Capitals are 23rd on the man advantage and 12th on the penalty kill.

These two teams have been solid on the penalty kill on this season, but have struggled a bit on the penalty kill. New York has been a bit better on the penalty kill and power play this season. If either team can come out quickly on special teams it could give them edge. If either team can net a power play goal, it could be enough for the win.

Goaltending Comparison

I expect Ilya Sorokin to get the start in the crease for New York in this one. Sorokin has started in 39 games this season, going 20-12-7 in those matchups. He has posted a .925 save percentage and a GAA of 2.33 in those outings. Sorokin’s last start was against the Anaheim Ducks. He stopped 39 of 42 shots in route to the win.

Vitek Vanecek will likely get the nod between the pipes for the Capitals on Tuesday night. Vanecek has earned a record of 14-7-5 throughout his 27 starts on the season. He has put up a save percentage of .918 and a 2.35 GAA in those starts. Vanecek finished with 23 saves on 26 shots in his last start against the Vancouver Canucks, which was enough for the win.

These two goalies have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Sorokin has won three games in a row and four of his last five. Vanecek has won four starts in a row and five of his last six. If either goalie can come out hot in this one, it could be enough to lead their team to the two points in this matchup.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. Washington has been a bit better and will return after a successful road trip to Western Canada. The Islanders will look to stay in the playoff race with a big win. If New York can come out fast on the road, I think they can pull off the upset.

BetOnline has Washington listed as a -155 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Capitals will win this game around 60.8 percent of the time. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams playing well as of late. New York has picked up their play and will look to bounce back after being shut out earlier in the season. As underdogs, I really like the value on the Islanders.

The Bet
New York Islanders
+140
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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