Stadium: Capital One Arena
The Islanders once again failed to beat Washington - this time Barry Trotz’s team lost 3-6 at Nassau Coliseum in New York. The rivals now move to the capital, where they will play each other again. The score in the season series is now 5-2 in favour of the Capitals. It’s not a big deal - the Islanders need to do something if they want to balance the score.
Washington look great, but it’s just the regular season
Generally speaking, it is rare that a team that does well in the regular season is as good as it is in the playoffs. Often the opposite happens. There’s reason to think so about Washington. Yes, the Capitals’ offense looks killer - with the exchange of Vrana for Manta, it might be even better. The 6 goals against the Islanders in the previous game was just another confirmation of that. But are the Capitals really going to go after the Stanley Cup with a Vanecek/Samson pair of goalies. Really? Their lack of experience makes them not always look confident in the regular season, but what about the seventh game in a playoff series?
Islanders are in a slump
Barry Trotz’s team hasn’t been doing so well lately. So much so that the Islanders not only lost first place in the division but have already let Pittsburgh overtake them. Boston and Taylor Hall came within 1 or 2 wins of each other. Most likely, this is