Rogers' 10* NHL Total MASSACRE >> 36-22-4 L62 Plays!
NY Islanders vs. Washington,
12/01/2016 19:00 EDT,
Score: 3 - 0
Total: -120/+5 Over
The set-up: The New York Islanders squandered a 3-0 third-period lead but scored with 26.6 seconds left and then added an empty-netter three seconds later to give them 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 8-10-4 Islander now have a chance at their first three-game winning streak of the season when they travel to face the 13-6-2 Washington Capitals in the first meeting of the season between these Metropolitan Division foes.
NY Islanders: Nikolay Kulemin scored into an empty net three seconds after Anders Lee's tally Wednesday, putting New York in the record book as it matched the NHL mark for the fastest two goals by one team set March 12, 1935, by the St. Louis Eagles and equaled on Jan. 21, 2004, by the Minnesota Wild. The Islanders have won two in a row for the first time since the fifth and sixth games of the season (Oct. 21 and 23). "I think the thing is, with us, we've just got to trust that when you stick with it, it's just going to turn around," Cal Clutterbuck said of New York, which was 2-5-4 in November prior to Monday's win.
Washington: The Capitals are the defending Presidents' Trophy winner but they enter just 5-5-0 over their last 10 games. After finishing with the league's fifth-best power play last season (21.9 percent success rate), the Capitals are currently ranked 19th, scoring just 15.6 percent of the time. "It's ... a little bit of finish, a little bit of hunger," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "We're entering as well as we have. We have the possession time. We need to get the back of the net. How do you get the back of the net? We've got to hit the net (with our shots). We've got to be hungry when there is a rebound."
The pick: Braden Holtby is expected to be in goal (10-5-1 with a 2.18 GGA and .920 save percentage) but he’s also 11-1-3 in his career with a 2.13 goals against average and .930 save percentage against the Islanders. New York's Thomas Greiss started against the Penguins, which means Jaroslav Halak (3-6, 3.08 GAA, .904 save percentage) is likely to start Thursday night. He's 6-6 with a 2.73 goals against and .897 save percentage against the Capitals. Surely, I don’t expect another goal ‘explosion’ out of the Islanders by Washington is 8-3-0 at home this season and the Islanders are allowing just about 3 1/2 goals per game on the road. The Over is a 10* play.