The Islanders (8-10-4) head to Washington D.C. to face off against the Capitals (13-6-2) on Thursday night.
According to STATS:
- New York lost a 3-0 third-period lead, but came back to score two times in the last 27 seconds of the game to beat the Penguins, 5-3, last night at Barclays Center. The Islanders have now won back-to-back games for just the second time of the season (also October 21-23).
- Washington dropped a 4-2 decision in Toronto last Saturday night, snapping its two-game win streak in the process. The Caps are 4-1-0 in their last five tilts at Verizon Center, outscoring opponents by a combined 17-8 in those contests.
- The Capitals defeated the Isles, 2-1, in these clubs' first meeting of the season on October 15 at Barclays Center. Dating to April 5, 2014, Washington has taken at least one point from each of its last 10 matches against New York (7-0-3 during span).
- Anders Lee scored the game-winner for the Isles last night, garnering first-star accolades, and giving him four goals in his last four skates (had one goal in first 18 games of the season). Lee has four career goals vs. the Caps -- tied for his most against any opponent (also San Jose and Winnipeg).
- Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and a helper last Saturday night, and enters tonight's tilt with 11 points (5g, 6a) in his last seven skates overall. Dating to the beginning of 2013-14, Backstrom has 16 points (4g, 12a) in his last 12 games against the Islanders.
- The Capitals are 4-2-1 when getting two or more days off between games this season. The Isles are 1-2-0 when facing opponents that have had two or more days off between games in 2016-17.
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