Barry Trotz famously told the then-defending champion Washington Capitals two years ago any future title runs would go through Long Island. Trotz and the New York Islanders will face the Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with Game 1 on Wednesday night. Back in 2018, the veteran coach was addressing his former team before facing them for the first time after leading the Caps to the Stanley Cup championship and then leaving in a contract dispute and joining the Islanders.
The New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals square off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. We analyze the Islanders-Capitals NHL betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets.
Kuznetsov has to be better in the defensive zone, but I still look to him as the best option on the top line at this point. The rest of the lines are pretty obvious. The only other perhaps debatable pick is Boyd as my first player to plug into the lineup.