NHL Preview: Washington Capitals Vs. New York Islanders

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After a dreadful start to the season, it appears that the Washington Capitals have surged into one of the hottest teams in the NHL. They have won five of their last six, most recently beating the Florida Panthers by a score of 7-1. Saturday afternoon the Caps will travel to Nassau Coliseum to take on the New York Islanders. Start time is 1:00ET and will be broadcasted in local areas.

Washington has jumped into the third spot in the Southeast division, and they have a chance to jump ahead of the Winnipeg Jets soon. Carolina has the reins of with the top spot carrying 27 points, but the Capitals can creep closer on Saturday.

The Defensive Scheme: Something that will be crucial to Adam Oates’ Capitals will be stopping the hot Islanders power play. New York is currently ranked sixth in the league led by Left Wing Matt Moulsen who has been dynamite. Of his 25 points, almost half of them have been on the PP. Scary…

On offense, there really isn’t much to change if you’re ANYONE on the ice. In the previous six games, the offense has managed to net 23 pucks, a season high span.

Flashy players like Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have been great, but it’s been the underrated players that have stepped up and shown their skills. In this game, I expect that to happen again. Watch out for Wojtek Wolski to be the impact player of the game for the Capitals. He has scored a goal in each of his last two games, including registering three points in Thursday’s game against the Panthers.

As for goal-tending, Braden Holtby could start his 16th out of 17 games or Michal Neuvirth could make his first appearence between the pipes since February 5th. That will be Adam Oates’ call!



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