Capitals To Get An Easy Road Win In Brooklyn

Washington Capitals players celebrating

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 2:30 PM GMT

Expert capper, Dana Lane, is ready for NHL play of the day. Tonight he decided to ride one of the league's best defensive teams in the Capitals.

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Washington Capitals vs N.Y. Islanders

We usually don't like to lay such a big number but I see this as a mismatch so I'm willing to play a little more of our bankroll to get a team that has a definitive mental advantage.

Even though New York has won their last two it still doesn't get rid of the taste of losing five straight beforehand. I anticipate the capitals to come out strong, dictating the pace. The Islanders are 12 points out of the last wild-card spot and rumors that head coach, Jack Capuano, will soon be looking for job opportunities elsewhere are beginning to surface.

The reality is that this team must know in their heart that they will not make the playoffs this season. New York would have to earn 68 of the remaining possible 98 points just to match their point total in 2015-16. The schedule isn't going to give any assistance either where the Islanders will play 29 of their last 49 games on the road, not a positive a club that owns a 3-7-2 road record.

When Capuano looks at the standings he see's that his team will have to jump eight teams to sniff the postseason. When you watch New York they never give off the impression that they are a close team. They are sure to drop one of their goaltenders as they've carried three all season. None have stepped up to take the job over and now the reality is that one will get moved and one will be left unprotected to the expansion draft. Jaroslav Halak has already expressed an interest in being traded and J.F. Berube has only played in ten games since being claimed at the start of the season. I'm not sure how a young goaltender can develop playing in this environment.

I foresee New York making deals to free up some cap space as the season goes on creating a negative locker room. New York may give it a decent effort early but their players have more to worry about that than the focused Washington Capitals.

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