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Islanders at Capitals [Stanley Cup Playoff Game #1 Thread]

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The regular season has concluded and the Islanders are off on their quest for the Stanley Cup. The first opponents standing in their way are the Washington Capitals. Washington barely beat out the Islanders for home ice advantage on the last game of the season as the Islanders had a chance but fell in a shootout to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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The playoff series appears to be a contest between two teams that are going in opposite directions. The Islanders have had six wins, seven losses and five overtime or shootout losses since March first putting them at 21st in points percentage since then. The Capitals finished up their season with ten wins, six losses and one overtime or shootout loss putting them at tenth in the league in points percentage since that time period.

The Islanders have the statistical advantage when it comes to possession. They're the second best possession team in the East after the Lightning which should give them a nice advantage at even strength. They also are considerably less penalized than Washington so there's a good chance that the majority of the game is played five on five or in the Islanders favor.

The special teams are an entirely different story. The Islanders come in at 26th overall in combined special teams percentage while the Capitals are in first largely due to their first ranked power play, though their penalty kill is stronger than the Islanders' power play as well. It behooves the Islanders to avoid penalties even more than it usually does.

Travis Hamonic will not play in tonight's game and very little is known about his playing status in the near future. Brian Strait will play instead. It's worth noting that while Strait is nowhere near the quality of player that Hamonic is, the move does take the Islanders most penalized player out of the lineup. Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin are returning to the lineup and they'll take the place of Eric Boulton and Tyler Kennedy.

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League Value Metric Value League
8th 61.6% Points Percentage 61.6% 8th
16th 18.73% Power Play Percentage 25.32% 1st
26th 77.88% Penalty Kill Percentage 81.20% 14th
26th 96.61% Combined Special Teams 106.52% 1st
12nd .252 Goals +/- per 60 Minutes (All) .456 4th
4th 2.9 Goals for per 60 Minutes (All) 2.8 6th
19th 2.7 Goals against per 60 Minutes (All) 2.4 4th
18th 49.2% Faceoff Percentage (All) 51.2% 12nd
4th .551 Penalty +/- per 60 Minutes (All) -.240 21st
4th 7.85 Corsi +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5 - Score Adjusted) 3.89 12nd
2nd 7.55 Fenwick +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5 - Score Adjusted) 3.04 12nd
2nd 5.21 Shot +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5 - Score Adjusted) 1.35 15th
3rd 4.00 Scoring Chance +/- per 60 Minutes (5V5 - Score Adjusted) 2.39 11st
23rd 99.55% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.06% 15th
15th 7.88% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 8.08% 9th
27th 91.43% Save Percentage (5V5) 92.41% 14th
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  • 1%
    Islanders in Four
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  • 9%
    Islanders in Five
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  • 56%
    Islanders in Six
    (31 votes)
  • 20%
    Islanders in Seven
    (11 votes)
  • 1%
    Capitals in Seven
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  • 3%
    Capitals in Six
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  • 7%
    Capitals in Five
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