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Game Preview: Islanders at Capitals

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

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.

New York Islanders
16-6-0 (32 points – T-1st in Metropolitan Division, T-2nd in Eastern Conference)
8-4-0 road
Washington Capitals
9-8-4 (22 points - 3rd in Metropolitan Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
4-4-3 home
5:00  p.m.
Verizon Center
Washington, DC

Television:
MSG
Play-by-play: Howie Rose
; Color: Butch Goring
Channel Finder

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders News:
- Anders Lee on Sirius XM  (Nov. 27)
- Islanders 3, Capitals 2 (OT)  (Nov. 26)

- Isles TV: Capuano, Halak, Lee, Tavares (Nov. 26)

Islanders player to watch
John Tavares - Center

John Tavares played the hero in Wednesday’s 3-2 win overtime win over the Washington Capitals, scoring the OT winner with 24 seconds to play. Tavares’ OT tally was his sixth, setting a new franchise record in the process. The Islanders captain has 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 22 games this season and three points (two goals, one assist) in his last three games. 
Capitals player to watch
Alex Ovechkin - Left Wing

Alex Ovechkin scored both Capitals power-play goals on Wednesday, blasting two one-timers from the left faceoff dot. Ovechkin has a lethal shot and is always a threat to score on the ice. The Capitals captain leads his team with 11 goals and his 21 points trail linemate Nicklas Backstrom by one for the overall team lead. Ovechkin played his 700th NHL game Wednesday night at Nassau Coliseum.
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
86 Nikolay Kulemin
91 John Tavares 21 Kyle Okposo
84 Mikhail Grabovski51 Frans Nielsen12 Josh Bailey
27 Anders Lee
29 Brock Nelson 18 Ryan Strome
17 Matt Martin
– 
53 Casey Cizikas 15 Cal Clutterbuck

Defensemen

2 Nick Leddy 55 Johnny Boychuk
44 Calvin de Haan
3 Travis Hamonic
11 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky

Goaltenders
41 Jaroslav Halak
30 Chad Johnson
Washington Capitals previous game lines
Forwards
8 Alex Ovechkin - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 43 Tom Wilson
90 Marcus Johansson - 65 Andre Burakovsky - 20 Troy Brouwer
25 Jason Chimera -
83 Jay Beagle - 42 Joel Ward
87 Liam O'Brien - 92 Evgeny Kuznetsov -
16 Eric Fehr

Defensemen

44 Brooks Orpik - 74 John Carlson
27 Karl Alzner - 2 Matt Niskanen
88 Nate Schmidt - 38 Jack Hillen

Goaltenders
70 Braden Holtby
35 Justin Peters


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