NHL Picks: Underdog Islanders to Beat Capitals on the Road in Series Opener

Ross Benjamin

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:02 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2015 7:02 PM UTC

We’ll be examining the opening game of the playoff series between the Islanders and Capitals on Wednesday. Take the time to read this highly informative betting preview article which culminates with a money line selection.

Islanders and Capitals in Opener of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
The Washington Capitals will host the New York Islanders on Wednesday at 7:05 PM ET in the opening game of an Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series. According to the NHL odds at Pinnacle, Washington is a -140 money line favorite, and the posted total is 5.0. These Metropolitan Division rivals met four times during the regular season, and the home team won on each of those occasions.


Islanders have been Division Monsters
The New York Islanders have gone a terrific 21-9 against the money line this season versus Metropolitan Division opponents. In those thirty contests, they averaged a robust 3.7 goals per game. This is also an Islanders club that went a very respectable 22-19 versus the money line on the road this season. They’ll be facing an opponent (Washington) on Wednesday that’s converted on a very good (25.3%) of their power play opportunities during the 2014-2015 NHL campaign. The Islanders have seen eighteen of twenty-six games go under the total this season when facing a team that’s cashed in on 17.5% or better of their power play chances.


Capital Gain on Islander Loss
The Washington Capitals thought they may have blown a golden opportunity to earn home ice advantage in their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series. All they needed to do was defeat the New York Rangers at home in their regular season finale, and they would earn the right to host the first two games of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Despite the Rangers having nothing to play for, they were able to top the Capitals 4-2 on Saturday afternoon. However, the Capitals were bailed out later that night when Columbus overcame a two goal third period deficit to defeat the Islanders 5-4 in overtime. Sometimes it’s just better to be lucky than good.


NHL Money Line Betting System
The Washington Capitals are coming off a 4-2 home loss to the New York Rangers in their regular season finale. The Capitals averaged 3.0 goals per game during the regular season. These two pertinent facts aid us in creating a profitable money line betting angle, and I’ll definitely utilize that valuable handicapping tool when making my NHL picks for Wednesday.

Play against any team which is -100 to -150 on the money line, playing in the second half of the season, and allowed four goals or more in their previous game. When playing against that team, you would’ve gone 88-52 (62.9%) during the past five seasons. That winning percentage certainly becomes more impressive since it favors the money line underdog.

NHL Pick: Play on the Islanders +130 on the money line over the Capitals at Pinnacle

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