Islanders face the Capitals on 5-game slide
New York Islanders (35-34-10, fifth in the Metropolitan) vs. Washington Capitals (44-23-12, fourth in the Metropolitan)
Washington; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: New York looks to stop its five-game losing streak with a win over Washington.
The Capitals are 29-13-5 in Eastern Conference games. Washington is sixth in the Eastern Conference recording 8.8 points per game, averaging 3.4 goals and 5.4 assists.
The Islanders are 13-9-2 against the rest of their division. New York averages 8.8 penalty minutes per game, the ninth-most in the Eastern Conference. Zdeno Chara leads the team serving 85 total minutes.
In their last matchup on March 15, Washington won 4-3. Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded a team-high 2 points for the Capitals.
TOP PERFORMERS: Alex Ovechkin leads the Capitals with 50 goals, adding 40 assists and totaling 90 points. John Carlson has five goals over the last 10 games for Washington.
Adam Pelech leads the Islanders with a plus-18 in 75 games this season. Zach Parise has four goals and two assists over the last 10 games for New York.
LAST 10 GAMES: Capitals: 7-1-2, averaging 4.5 goals, 7.5 assists, 3.5 penalties and 8.4 penalty minutes while giving up three goals per game with an .893 save percentage.
Islanders: 3-6-1, averaging 2.5 goals, 3.8 assists, 4.3 penalties and 10.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game with an .896 save percentage.
INJURIES: Capitals: None listed.
Islanders: Scott Mayfield: out (lower-body), Jean-Gabriel Pageau: out (health and safety protocols), Cal Clutterbuck: out for season (shoulder), Anthony Beauvillier: day to day (upper body).