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Islanders at Capitals [Stanley Cup Playoff Game #7 Thread]

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Break out the antacids.
Break out the antacids.
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

This one is for all the proverbial marbles as the Islanders travel to Washington to take on the Capitals for the final time in this series. With a win the Islanders advance for the first time since 1993. With a loss the Islanders fail to make the second round of the postseason for the 21st time in 21 seasons.

The Islanders are playing with a bit of house money at this point. The top defensive pairing is still fine, but the three final defensemen being Brian Strait and playoff newcomers Matt Donovan and Scott Mayfield is hardly an ideal scenario. They're also without top penalty killer Michael Grabner.

It sounds as though Jack Capuano will roll with the same lines as last time. This means that Colin McDonald suits up again in place of Anders Lee. Jaroslav Halak will be in net.

The Capitals will make a minor lineup change by switching out Michael Latta with Curtis Glencross. It was rumored that Eric Fehr might return to the lineup tonight, but the team decided that placing him into a game seven scenario after injury was not the greatest of ideas. Braden Holtby will be in net.

Many were upset when the team failed to clinch home ice against the Blue Jackets. Now everybody gets to see whether or not that hurts the team, but many on line are already concerned about the Capitals getting last change thus possibly resulting in Alex Ovechkin against Mayfield and Donovan. Will the shorthanded defensive corps make a difference or will the team manage to overcome?

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Radio Network Arena Network Radio
WRSU 88.7 MSG+/MSG/NBCSN/SN/TVA2/RSN Verizon Center CSN-DC/NBCSN/SN/TVA2/RSN 103.7 WTOP
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
The Enemies' Lair
Japers' Rink

Islanders Projected Lines and Pairs

Forward Scale
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Brock Nelson John Tavares Ryan Strome
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
13.06 20.90 33.96 +0.5% -11.8% 21.10 23.98 45.08 +3.3% +24.4% 17.95 33.34 51.30 +1.0% -4.9%
Josh Bailey Frans Nielsen Kyle Okposo
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
16.04 29.60 45.64 +0.4% +17.3% 11.02 17.90 28.92 -0.6% -8.0% 15.20 29.01 44.20 +2.2% +20.2%
Nikolay Kulemin Mikhail Grabovski Colin McDonald
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
13.27 16.89 30.16 -0.9% -4.4% 17.38 17.38 34.76 +3.3% -9.8% 13.13 39.38 52.51 -1.8% -10.3%
Matthew Martin Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
11.33 8.50 19.84 -2.3% -9.6% 11.08 12.67 23.75 -4.4% -8.2% 5.80 8.71 14.51 -2.1% -15.5%
Defense Scale
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
11.73 19.55 31.29 +4.5% +2.2% 4.28 21.38 25.66 +3.5% +1.8%
Thomas Hickey Brian Strait
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
1.26 21.39 22.65 -0.9% -0.6% 3.92 7.85 11.77 -7.5% -4.4%
Matt Donovan Scott Mayfield
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
0.00 17.61 17.61 -6.2% -2.4% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Michal Neuvirth
All Data Five on Five Score Adjusted Data from War-On-Ice.com
Includes Top 450 Forwards in Minutes Includes top 240 Defensemen in Minutes

Capitals Projected Lines and Pairs

Forward Scale
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Nicklas Backstrom Joel Ward
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
20.69 15.76 36.45 +3.4% +7.9% 12.75 26.47 39.22 +3.9% +5.0% 11.87 9.50 21.37 -1.7% -8.7%
Marcus Johansson Evgeny Kuznetsov Jason Chimera
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
18.13 15.71 33.84 +2.4% +6.5% 5.54 22.16 27.70 -3.1% +3.0% 10.36 17.75 28.11 -5.5% -9.2%
Andre Burakovsky Jay Beagle Troy Brouwer
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
14.22 20.31 34.53 +4.7% +13.3% 18.55 12.98 31.53 -1.6% -7.2% 12.91 19.36 32.27 -0.7% +2.8%
Curtis Glencross Brooks Laich Tom Wilson
G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel G/1230 A/1230 P/1230 CFRel OZRel
10.61 15.91 26.51 -0.9% -8.8% 8.10 17.82 25.92 -1.9% -6.5% 6.75 21.95 28.70 +1.7% +6.2%
Defense Scale
Left Defence Right Defense
Brooks Orpik John Carlson
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
0.00 18.82 18.82 -2.4% -4.6% 9.43 29.47 38.89 -0.2% -3.4%
Karl Alzner Matt Niskanen
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
4.93 17.26 22.19 -0.5% -3.8% 2.30 16.07 18.37 +0.9% -1.5%
Tim Gleason Mike Green
G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel G/1640 A/1640 P/1640 CFRel OZRel
1.55 12.44 13.99 -3.2% +2.8% 13.84 21.52 35.36 1.6% +9.3%
Goalies
Braden Holtby
Philipp Grubauer
All Data Five on Five Score Adjusted Data from War-On-Ice.com
Includes Top 450 Forwards in Minutes Includes top 240 Defensemen in Minutes