New York Islanders at Washington Capitals, 7:00pm ET
Washington, DC — Verizon Center — MSG+
The Islanders play another important game in the playoff race tonight in Washington against the Capitals. With the Rangers beating the Penguins last night, the Islanders currently sit in a three-way tie for seventh with the Rangers and Devils. Both teams have a game in hand on the Islanders. The Capitals sit in tenth three points back, also with a game in hand.
These two teams last met on April 26th, where the Islanders walked away with a 3-2 regulation win in Washington. The Islanders got out to a 2-0 lead in that one before allowing the Caps to score twice. John Tavares would net the game winner in the third period.
Since that game, the Capitals have gone 2-0-1 with wins over Carolina and Buffalo. They’re also 5-1-1 in their last seven, the lone regulation loss being the one against the Islanders on the 26th.
The Caps were active yesterday at the trade deadline, trading 2012 first round pick (11th overall) Filip Forsberg to Nashville for Martin Erat and Michael Latta. Erat had reportedly asked out of Nashville.
For the Islandrs, Evgeni Nabokov will get the start in net and Matt Carkner will take a seat, Radek Martinek taking his place. Also, Anders Lee will likely sit in favor of either Marty Reasoner or Jesse Joensuu.
TONIGHT’S PROJECTED LINES
Moulson – Tavares – Boyes
Bailey – Nielsen – Okposo
Grabner – Aucoin – McDonald
Joensuu/Reasoner – Cizikas – Martin
Hamonic – MacDonald
Hickey – Visnovsky
Streit – Martinek
Reasoner/Joensuu, Boulton, Lee, Carkner