Tonight the Capitals start a two-game metro road trip in the Barclay’s Center against the New York Islanders. There has been a lot of talk about the surging Metro Division, and even the Islanders are getting in on the action by going 6-3-1 in their last ten games. The Capitals have also been on the upswing with wins in four straight, and tonight they will look to make it five. That would tie their longest streak of the season to-date.
Puck drop is at 7:00pm EST on CSN.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|New York Islanders||11-11-5||45.5%||100.3||14.6%||83.0%|
Due to fear of traffic, the Capitals elected to skip their morning skate.
Caps don't have a morning skate at Barclays today. Why? Barry Trotz called NYC traffic "a box of chocolates."
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) December 13, 2016
Per Mike Vogel, Andre Burakovsky is out, which means Brett Connolly will likely get a jersey.
Johansson – Backstrom – Oshie
Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Williams
Connolly – Eller – Vrana
Winnik – Beagle – Wilson
Alzner – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Schmidt
About a third of the way through the season and the Islanders have steadily been outshot at five-on-five. They are one of the worst possession teams in the league. But they’ve managed to scrape by with only a minus-three goal differential at five-on-five, to date. A key piece of their struggles is the much-discussed Andrew Ladd, who has only two points in December (one of which came in a 3-0 victory against the Capitals). Here are the Islanders cumulative shot attempt differentials and goal differentials so far:
— Ty Dilello (@TyDilello) December 13, 2016
That stache tho.
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