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Washington Capitals at New York Islanders [Game 70]

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The first of the home-and-home as the Islanders and Capitals renew their rivalry

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7:00 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
106.7 FM WJFK SN Barclays Center NESN 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
7th 61.6% Points Percentage 50.7% 21st
15th 17.91% Net Power Play Percentage 16.27% 19th
21st 81.33% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 77.95% 29th
17th 99.24% Combined Special Teams Percentage 94.22% 26th
12th 3.03 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.22 8th
15th 2.93 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.55 31st
26th -.35 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .20 8th
23rd 48.12% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 47.28% 27th
24th 48.01% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 45.62% 29th
4th 101.54% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.93% 8th
4th 8.84% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.11% 3rd
8th 92.70% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.82% 26th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Japers' Rink

The New York Islanders return home after defeating the Calgary Flames and bolstering the chance that the pick which they received from the Flames becomes a lottery pick. They'll look to try and keep their own pick out of the lottery tonight as they take on the Washington Capitals. They currently have a 2.4 percent chance at making the playoffs according to Sportsclubstats.com.

The Islanders need help to make the playoffs and there's a few other contests which can help or hurt their odds tonight. The Florida Panthers and the Boston Bruins play each other - a Panthers victory in regulation decreases the Islanders odds by .4 percent while a Bruins victory increases them by the same margin. The Blue Jackets and Flyers play each other - the best case scenario for that one is a Flyers victory in regulation while a Blue Jackets victory in overtime decreases the Islanders odds overall.

No changes are being made to the lineup tonight. Christopher Gibson is back in the net for the Islanders while the Blue Jackets will roll with Philipp Grubauer. Grubauer leads the NHL in adjusted save percentage for all goalies with at least 100 minutes in five on five play while Gibson is third.

Tonight's game is on MSG+. They'll either bolster their tank tonight or bolster their minuscule playoff odds. Go team?

Washington Capitals Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Ovechkin Evgeny Kuznetsov Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky Nicklas Backstrom T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana Lars Eller Brett Connolly
Chandler Stephenson Jay Beagle Devante Smith-Pelly
Left Defence Right Defense
Michal Kempny John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik Jakub Jerabek
Goalies
Philipp Grubauer
Braden Holtby

New York Islanders Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Andrew Ladd Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Anthony Beauvillier Brock Nelson Tanner Fritz
Ross Johnston Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey Ryan Pulock
Adam Pelech Brandon Davidson
Goalies
Christopher Gibson
Jaroslav Halak