PREVIEW: The Clash of Metropolitan Division Rivals; Islanders Look To End Skid Against the Capitals.

ISLANDERS (21-28-8) at CAPITALS (25-22-9)

It’s the third time  these Metropolitan division rivals will go head to head in what will be a physical and close match. The Capitals have dictated the series thus far winning both meetings and looking for a third. The Capitals are coming off an epic OT super bowl Sunday victory over the Red Wings. The Islanders are trying to forget their 4-1 beating on Friday night against the Rangers. 

The Islanders tough season continues in Washington, as they look to break a five game losing streak. New York is currently sitting 12 standing points out of the 8th playoff spot, held by the Blue Jackets with 62. All three of the Islander goal tenders have higher than a 2.50 GAA. Evgeni Nabakov has the lowest with 2.83. Despite the tough season and rough goal tending the Islanders first line is a diamond in the rough.  Thomas Vanek, John Tavares, and Kyle Okposo have a total of 169 points, which is one of the best point producing lines in the league. The Islanders will look to attack a shaky Capitals defense. With Mike Green and Jack Hillen out the Islanders will be up against young defensive players Connor Carrick, Dimitri Orlov paired with John Erskine and USA Olympian John Carlson.

The Capitals will look to continue their success on Tuesday against the Islanders. The Capitals are currently sitting three points out of the 8th eastern conference playoff spot. With 59 standings points the Capitals are looking at a very important two points against a division rival. Luckily for the Capitals they have their captain Alexander Ovechkin. Alex has tallied nine points in his last five games. The Capitals have also relied, recently, on goal tender Michael Neuvirth who has posted a .910 SV% and 2.97 GAA. Washington could be without defensemen Mike Green and forward Brooks Laich Tuesday night. They are both listed as game time decisions.

TEAM STATS
GP RECORD HOME ROAD L10 G/G GA/G PP% PK% PIM/G S/G SA/G FO%
57 21-28-8 8-12-8 13-16-0 3-6-1 2.68 3.28 16.9 76.8 10.7 30.7 30.6 47.2
56 25-22-9 15-9-4 10-13-5 3-6-1 2.79 2.95 23.2 80.5 12.9 30.5 33.5 49.5

(stats via: NHL.com)

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