As luck would have it, Barry Trotz’ first visit back to Capital One Arena was also a battle for first place in Metropolitan Division. Unfortunately for the Capitals, the former coach came away with the win and first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals are back in action on Sunday when they visit the Blackhawks in Chicago. Puck drop is 12:30PM ET.
After a scoreless first two periods, the Islanders would dent the twine twice in the final frame for the 2-0 win. With the loss, the Capitals fall from first place in the Metropolitan Division.
The Islanders were playing the second game of a back-to-back set. With the win, they improve their record in the second game of back-to-backs to 7-0 this season.
The only line changes from the last game in Nashville saw the return of Devante Smith-Pelly and Chandler Stephenson to the 4th line.
Scratches: Travis Boyd, Madison Bowey and Dmitrij Jaskin
SHOT ATTEMPTS (POSSESSION)
The Islanders entered the contest with the fewest goals allowed in the league so far this season (116). The second fewest were the Bruins at 125, with the Capitals ranked 14th (138). The Islanders entered the game ranked 14th in the league in “Goals For” with 3.00 per game average. The Capitals entered the game ranked 8th in the league with 3.35 “Goals For” average.
The Islanders entered the game ranked 30th in shots per game (28.2), while the Capitals were ranked 23rd (29.5). The Islanders were ranked 14th in fewest shots against (30.8) while the Capitals entered the game ranked 21st in shots against (32.2).
The Islanders out-attempted the Capitals 19-15 and led in shots on goal (SOG) 11-7 for the first 20 minutes.
SHOT ATTEMPTS (DIFFERENTIAL)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (LOCATION)
Braden Holtby stoped 23 of 25 for a .920 game save percentage. A fairly good effort after kissing a couple of games due to an eye injury. Holtby said after the game he felt fine and was good to go from here. Thomas Greiss stopped 19 of 19 shots he faced.
Both teams went 0 for 2 on the power play.
The Capitals entered the game dead-last in faceoff winning percentage at 46.4%, while the Islanders entered the game ranked 24th in the league with a 48.3% average. For the game, the Islanders won the battle at the dot 53-47%. Chandler Stephenson was 0 for 1, Nicklas Backstrom was 8 for 15, Lars Eller was 7 for 12, Nic Dowd was 2 for 6, Tom Wilson was 1 for 1, Andre Burakovsky was 1 for 1, T.J. Oshie was 1 for 2 and Evgeny Kuznetsov was 2 for 10.
- The Capitals have now lost a season-high four-straight games, and seven of their last 10 games.
- The Capitals have lost three straight at home, and four of their last five.
- The Capitals have now killed off 40 of their last 46 penalties (87.0 percent).
- The NHL box score is here.