Islanders vs Capitals live: The Washington Capitals begin their first-round playoff series against the Islanders Wednesday afternoon in what could be a long and hard-fought series between two Metropolitan Division rivals. Follow our guide as we explain how to watch Islanders vs Capitals online and Live Streaming from anywhere.
The Washington Capitals begin their first-round playoff series against the Islanders Wednesday afternoon in what could be a long and hard-fought series between two Metropolitan Division rivals.
Can the Caps overcome a less-than-stellar showing in round-robin play and take care of business against a strong defensive Islanders group led by old friend Barry Trotz?
You’re not going to want to miss this one. Here’s how to watch.
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS HOW TO WATCH
What: No. 3 Washington Capitals vs. No. 6 New York Islanders
Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada
When: 3:00 PM ET
TV Channel: Capitals vs. Islanders will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.
Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Islanders on NBC Sports Washington’s live stream page and on the MyTeams App.
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS TV SCHEDULE
2:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live (LIVE)
3:00 PM: Capitals vs. Islanders (LIVE)
5:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live (LIVE)
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS WHAT TO WATCH
The Islanders are a stout defensive bunch under Trotz, so it will be imperative that the Capitals’ offense plays well in the early going. The last thing you want to do to a defense-first team is give them confidence in a seven-game series, so physical play and a few early goals could go a long way for Washington.
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov also struggled to produce during round-robin play. It’s safe to say if those three aren’t clicking, the Caps aren’t going to go very far in these playoffs. We’ll see if their lack of production was a product of relatively meaningless seeding games or if it was a sign of more to come.
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
John Carlson (15 goals, 60 assists, 75 points): Carlson, a Norris Trophy finalist, missed all of the Caps’ round-robin games after suffering an injury in an exhibition against the Hurricanes. If he plays in Game 1 – he is a game-time decision – it will be interesting to see how the defenseman moves, being a critical factor in Washington’s success in this series.
Mathew Barzal (19 goals, 41 assists, 60 points): Barzal started slowly in return-to-play but found his touch again in the series-clinching victory over the Panthers to earn his team a playoff spot. The Capitals will want to limit one of New York’s best players to take control of the series.
The last time the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders met in the Stanley Cup playoffs, during a first-round series in 2015, Barry Trotz was on the Capitals’ bench as coach when Evgeny Kuznetsov’s third-period goal at Capital One Arena lifted Washington to a 2-1 Game 7 win.
Trotz, who would help bring a Stanley Cup title to the Washington area three years later before resigning over a contract dispute, will be on the opposing bench when the Capitals open their first-round series against the Islanders on Wednesday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. It’s the eighth all-time postseason meeting between the Metropolitan Division foes, with the Islanders holding a 5-2 edge in series wins.
Since Trotz joined the Islanders and his former assistant, Todd Reirden, was promoted to head coach in Washington, the teams have split their four-game regular season series in consecutive years while scoring 21 goals apiece in their eight head-to-head meetings.