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Washington Capitals at New York Islanders [Game 30]

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Injuries to key defensemen couldn't come at a worse time as the second place capitals come to town.

More Seidenberg - not great, Jim.
More Seidenberg - not great, Jim.
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-AT-
7:00 P.M. E.S.T.
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
106.7 FM WJFK CSNW Barclays Center MSG+ 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
10th 61.7% Points Percentage 60.3% 11th
14th 16.16% Net Power Play Percentage 12.00% 29th
14th 77.57% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 68.48% 31st
16th 93.73% Combined Special Teams Percentage 80.48% 31st
10th 3.13 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.62 2nd
12th 2.93 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.41 28th
23rd -.27 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .28 8th
23rd 47.93% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 49.86% 17th
28th 47.24% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 48.38% 18th
4th 102.14% P.D.O. (5V5) 101.74% 6th
3rd 9.38% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.76% 2nd
10th 92.76% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.98% 18th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Japers' Rink

The New York Islanders return home as they face the second place Washington Capitals after a brutal road trip that saw Johnny Boychuk and Thomas Hickey fall to injuries. As a result of these injuries, the lineups are not great. They couldn't come at a worse time as the Capitals have been rolling as of late and the Islanders have gone 1-3-1 in their past five games.

Hickey's injury came as a bit of a surprise as the team put him on I.R. after the game - he was either injured at the hands of David Backes' crosscheck from behind or hurt himslef to carry Dennis Seidenberg. The defense will consist of Adam Pelech, Scott Mayfield, and Seidenberg and that's anything but ideal. Hickey's injury also means fans get cheated out of the always entertaining Tom Wilson/Hickey antics.

Jaroslav Halak gets the start as he's been the better goalie so far this season. He performed decently in the last contest, though he did let in a soft one on the penalty kill. Braden Holtby will square off against him for Washington.

Puck drop is at 7:05 P.M. E.S.T. The Islanders get a reprieve from MSG+2 for the next two weeks. Everybody gets high definition!