After winning the first three games of the series, the New York Islanders
have the opportunity to put the Washington Capitals away in Game 4. Game 4 will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 18 starting at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Meanwhile, the Capitals will be fighting for their playoff lives. Their backs are against the wall and, for better or for worse, fans will get to see what they’re truly made of. A win in Game 4 would extend their season and give them some much-needed life in the series.
The Capitals suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss in Game 3 thanks to Mathew Barzal’s overtime goal. So far, the Islanders have been by far the better team in the series. If the Capitals want to become the fifth team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit, that’s going to have to change immediately.
The New York Islanders now have a 2-0 lead on the Stanley Cup Champion, Washington Capitals. If the Caps want to stick around the playoffs they will need a win today, they have been outplayed and outhustled in the first two games against the underdog Isles.
Prediction: This is a must-win game if the Capitals want the chance of moving on from the first round. Their offense has struggled and I’d expect them to come out fast, but just don’t see them winning this one. Take the Isles ML (+105).