Take Islanders on the Money Line Over Capitals in Game 3 for Your NHL Picks

Saturday, April 18, 2015 2:50 PM UTC

Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015 2:50 PM UTC

Our resident NHL handicapping professional heads into the weekend having gone 5-0-1 with his 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff selections. He’ll be covering Game 3 of the series between the Capitals and Islanders that resumes on Sunday. His betting preview article finishes up with a money line selection on this contest.

<p style="text-align:center;"><iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="330" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/video/embed/?videoId=26223" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Isles and Caps Game 2 on Sunday</strong><br /> The New York Islanders will entertain the Washington Capitals at 12:05 PM ET on Sunday in Game 3 of their <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/capitals-vs-islanders-nhl-picks-series-price-stanley-cup-playoffs/56253/" target="_blank" title="Capitals vs. Islanders NHL Picks &amp; Series Price">Eastern Conference playoff series</a>. The teams split the first two games played in Washington with the Islanders winning the series opener 4-1, and the Capitals overcoming a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 in Game 2. Currently the Islanders are favorites on the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nhl-hockey/" target="_blank" title="Live NHL Odds &amp; Hockey Betting Lines">NHL betting odds</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Islanders squander a Golden Opportunity</strong><br /> <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/capitals-desperate-enough-even-out-against-islanders-your-nhl-picks/56371/" target="_blank" title="Revisit Our Game 2 NHL Picks for Islanders/Caps">The Islanders let the Capitals off the hook on Friday</a>. They opened up a 3-1 second period lead, and appeared to be well on their way to taking a 2-0 advantage in the series. However, they allowed the Capitals to rally, and eventually fell 4-3. All in all, if you told Islanders players and coaches before the series began, they were going to get a split in Washington, chances are the majority of them would’ve been elated with that scenario. The Islanders return home to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum where they’ve gone a solid 25-16 during the 2014-2015 NHL regular season campaign. Despite Friday’s loss, the Islanders have gone a superb 22-10 this season when facing Metropolitan Division opponents, and are averaging a robust 3.7 goals per game in those thirty-two contests.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"><em style="text-align:center;"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/70-winners-backing-bounce-back-playoff-favorites-stanley-cup-betting-trends/56366/" target="_blank" title="70% Winners in Backing 'Bounce Back' Playoff Favorites: Stanley Cup Betting Trends"><span style="color:rgb(255, 0, 0);">Familiarize yourself with this NHL Betting System for Bounce-Back Situations</span></a></em></p> <p><strong>Capitals look to build off Momentum from Comeback Win</strong><br /> There was a time on Friday evening that the Capitals were looking dead in the water, pertaining to their chances of winning this series. However, they rallied from a two goal deficit to win, and ultimately evened the series at 1-1. They should now have a new lease on their playoff lives heading into Game 3 in Long Island. The Capitals have gone a more than respectable 23-19 this season when playing away from the Verizon Center in Washington. This will be the Capitals first road game in the last fourteen days, and they’ve gone 6-2 in the last eight when assuming that role.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>NHL Money Line Angle</strong><br /> Any home team (Islanders) against the money line, coming off a road one goal loss, and is facing a team (Capitals) coming off a one goal win over a divisional opponent, resulted in that team going 53-21 (71.6%) during the past five seasons. The home team’s average money line in those seventy-four games was -124.8, and I’m going to follow this handicapping logic when making one of my <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/" target="_blank" title="Free NHL Picks">NHL picks</a> for Sunday</p> <p><strong>NHL Pick: </strong>Islanders -138 on the money line over the Capitals on Sunday.</p> <p><iframe allowtransparency="true" border="0" frameborder="no" height="140px" id="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" name="iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426" scrolling="no" src="http://js.sbrfeeds.com/index.php/article?iframeid=iframe-odds-widget-2036869707517426&amp;timezone=16&amp;theme=article&amp;line-type=spreadntotals.type=whole-game&amp;odds-type=US&amp;books=1096,19,43,227,999996,93,238,123,139&amp;trackers=1409845611531.xml&amp;event-id=2834623" style="width:642px;border:medium none;overflow:hidden;"></iframe></p>
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