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Game Preview: Islanders at Capitals

The Islanders wrap up the regular season - and play for home ice - against the Capitals (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Sasha Kandrach KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (47-27-7) AT WASHINGTON CAPITALS (48-25-8)

7 PM | CAPITAL ONE ARENA

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GAME NOTES


SEASON SERIES: NYI TRAIL 1-2-0

Washington leads the season series 2-1-0 with two wins on Nov. 26 and March 1. All three games were won in regulation and won by the visiting team. The three meetings were played in three different buildings - Barclays Center, NYCB Live and Capital One Arena - and the series finale will return to Capital One Arena. The Capitals beat the Islanders 4-1 at Barclays Center on Nov. 26 and 3-1 at NYCB Live at March 1. The Isles sole win came on Jan. 18 with a 2-0 shutout in Barry Trotz's return to Washington DC. 


ISLANDERS NOTES:

- While the Metropolitan Division title is no longer up for grabs after Washington clinched the title on Thursday night, the Islanders (101 points) can clinch home ice in the first round by picking up one point against Washington on Saturday. Home ice can also be secured if the Pittsburgh Penguins (99 points) lose to the New York Rangers in regulation. The Isles haven't had home ice in a playoff series since 1988. 

- The Islanders will find out who their first round playoff opponent is after Saturday's slate of games. The Islanders will face the Pittsburgh Penguins if the Penguins earn a point against the New York Rangers. The Islanders will face the Carolina Hurricanes if the Penguins lose to the Rangers and the Hurricanes beat the Philaldelphia Flyers.

- The Islanders wrap up their last road trip of the regular season in Washington after beating Florida 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday night.

- Brock Nelson scored the Islanders sole goal of regulation, as well as the shootout winner. Nelson's regulation goal was his 25th goal of the season, one shy of his career-high (26), set during 2015-16. 

- Thomas Greiss picked up his 23rd win of the season and made 29 saves in regulation. 

- With a save percentage of .927, Greiss is ranked fifth in the NHL. Robin Lehner is ranked third in the league with a save percentage of .928. Lehner is ranked third in the NHL with a 2.18 goals against average of 2.18, while Greiss' 2.28 goals against average is ranked fifth. Greiss and Lehner each have five shutouts this season and are tied for fourth in the league rankings. 

- The Islanders (101 points) reached the 100-point mark for the 10th time in franchise history and are the fifth team in the NHL to do so this season. 

- The Isles are 33-15-3 in their last 51 games. 

- The Islanders lead the league in goals against per game with an average of 2.36. The league average is 2.98. 


CAPITALS NOTES:

- The reigning Stanley Cup champions clinched their fourth straight Metropolitan Division title with their 2-1 over Montreal on Thursday. 

- Braden Holtby made 33 saves in Thursday's win, while Lars Eller and Nic Dowd scored. Holtby has 32 wins this season and is ranked eighth in the league for wins. 

- The Capitals recalled Nathan Walker from their AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears on Friday afternoon. Walker has played in three games for the Caps this season and recorded one assist. The Sydney, Australia native made his NHL debut on Oct. 7, 2017 and became the first Australian to play in the NHL. 

- Caps captain Alexander Ovechkin leads the league in scoring with 51 goals. Ovechkin reached the 50-goal mark for the eighth time in his 14-year career. The Russian left-winger has 89 points through 80 games played. 

- The Caps are ranked ninth in the NHL for power play goals with 49 and are ranked ninth in the league for power play percentage with a conversion of 20.9%. 

- Washington is 48-25-8 this season. 

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