ISLANDERS (16-6-0) at CAPITALS (9-8-4)
TV: MSG, CSN-DC
Season series: The New York Islanders are going for a home-and-home sweep of the Washington Capitals after a 3-2 overtime victory at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday. John Tavares scored a power-play goal in OT to give the Islanders the win. Alex Ovechkin scored two power-play goals for Washington.
Islanders team scope: New York is 7-0-0 in games that go past regulation. Tavares has both of the Islanders’ overtime goals; each was scored during a power play. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves to extend his winning streak to eight games, a stretch during which he has allowed 10 goals. Halak and backup Chad Johnson each figure to play once this weekend; the Islanders are home against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. New York is 10-1-0 in its past 11 games and brings a five-game winning streak to Verizon Center. “We'll take it one game at a time, like we have,” Tavares told the Islanders website. “It's important all year long that we keep getting better." The Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins reached Thanksgiving with 32 points apiece, 10 more than the New York Rangers and the Capitals, who share third place. The Islanders continue to dominate possession; they outshot Washington 35-27 and led 71-44 in shot attempts.
Capitals team scope: Washington’s power play improved to 27.9 percent by scoring twice in two chances Wednesday, but the Capitals didn’t score at even strength and were outshot and outplayed when they didn’t have the extra man. The penalty-killers gave up two goals on three tries; each was scored in the final 10 seconds of the power play. Braden Holtby made 32 saves; he could get the start in the rematch, but with a road game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, coach Barry Trotz might opt to use backup Justin Peters.