Game of the Month 1/18/19: New York Islanders @ Washington Capitals Preview

Tonight, Barry Trotz makes his return to Washington, D.C. where he won his first Stanley Cup last year, as the Islanders take on the Capitals at 7:30pm.  Both teams have been very good lately and are sitting in the top-three of the Metropolitan Division.

In their last 10 games, the Islanders have a record of 8-2-0 and have beaten the Toronto Maple Leafs and the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning during that stretch.  The two losses were only by one goal (4-3 loss to Carolina and 2-1 loss to Rangers).  If the Isles pull away with a win tonight, they will sit atop the Metropolitan Division.

The Capitals however, are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games including two blowout losses to the Nashville Predators (6-3 and 7-2).  Still, they are tied for the number one spot in the Metropolitan Division with Columbus.

This is the second night of a back-to-back for the Isles as they played last night at the Coliseum in a 4-1 win against the Devils.  The Capitals though, were given two days off after a 7-2 loss to the Predators on Tuesday night.

The Leaders:

Goals:

NYI- Anders Lee (27)

WSH- Alex Ovechkin (33)

Assists:  

NYI- Mat Barzal (30)

WSH- John Carlson (37)

Points:  

NYI- Mat Barzal (43)

WSH- Alex Ovechkin (52)

Plus/Minus: 

NYI- Anders Lee (+16)

WSH- Michal Kempny (+25)

PIM:  

NYI- Scott Mayfield (44)

WSH- Tom Wilson (56)

Save %:  

NYI- Robin Lehner (.928)

WSH- Braden Holtby (.912)

Tonight’s Lineup:

NYI

Lee-Nelson-Eberle

Beauvillier-Barzal-Bailey

Dal Colle-Filppula-Komarov

Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck

Leddy-Boychuk

Pelech-Pulock

Toews-Mayfield

TBD

WSH

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson

Vrana-Kuznetsov-Oshie

Burakovski-Eller-Connolly

Stephenson-Dowd-Smith-Pelly

Kempny-Carlson

Orlov-Niskanen

Orpik-Siegenthaler

Holtby

NYI:

27-15-4  58 pts

3rd in Metro. Division

WSH:

27-14-5  59 pts

2nd in Metro. Division

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