The New York Islanders are going to play the Washington Capitals in their next three games to conclude the eight-game season series. Considering how the two teams are poised to finish with the two best records in the East Division, the next three games can be pivotal in determining which team is going to end up with the best record in the division and likely prove which team is more capable of making a Stanley Cup run.
The Capitals are on Long Island for the next two games, but they are there without defenseman Justin Schultz who is out with a lower-body injury.
This three-game set is humanely spaced, with the second game Saturday, also on Long Island, and the finale Tuesday in D.C. Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight here. Islanders News Previewing tonight: The Caps are rested, having last played on Sunday. Isles] The Isles, Caps and Penguins each have 10 games left.