Game Preview: Islanders at Capitals

By: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (8-10-4) @ WASHINGTON CAPITALS (13-6-2)

REVERSING THE TREND

Tonight the Washington Capitals host the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center in the second of five meetings between the clubs this season. The Capitals have been extremely successful against the Isles, as they have earned a point in 10 consecutive games and have won six of their last eight home tilts against them.

PUTTING ‘EM TOGETHER

Last night, the New York gained two much-needed points against the Penguins, winning 5-3, and now have a shot at stringing together their first three-game winning streak of the season.

OV HAS ISLES NUMBER

Tonight, the Islanders must key in on Alex Ovechkin, who has accumulated 47 points (32 goals, 15 assists) in 42 career games versus the Islanders, including 12 points in his last ten games. Ovechkin begins the night with a four-game scoring streak (4 goals, 2 assists) and has 12 goals with 6 assists for 18 points this season.

LEE PLACE

Isles forward Anders Lee has quickly become red-hot as of late, tallying 4 goals in his past four games. Lee fired home the game-winning goal Wednesday against the Penguins with only 27-seconds left in the third period, helping the Isles earn their 5-3 win.

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HOLTBY HOLDING THE LINE

The Islanders will have their work cut out for them tonight while firing pucks against former Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Braden Holtby. Holtby has recorded an 11-1-3 record in 15 career games against the Isles, maintaining a 2.13 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. This season, Holtby owns a 10-5-1 record with a 2.18 goals-against average and .920 save percentage.