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Capitals vs. Islanders Game 1 Thread

The Caps kick off their opening-round series against the Islanders

New York Islanders v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Season Series: 2-2-0
Last Game: February 10 at Capital One Arena - Capitals 3, Islanders 5

Special Teams: Capitals penalty kill: 82.6% (6th) vs. Islanders power play: 17.3% (24th); Capitals power play: 19.4% (17th) vs. Bruins penalty kill: 80.7% (15th)

Goaltending Matchup: Braden Holtby (25-14-6, .897 sv%) vs. Semyon Varlamov (19-14-6, .914 sv%)

WAS Leading Scorers: John Carlson (75 points), Alex Ovechkin (48 goals)
NYI Leading Scorers: Mathew Barzal (60 points), Brock Nelson (26 goals)

From the other side:

“That group has a lot of pedigree, they got a lot of star power and they’ve won a championship, so they’re well equipped in a lot of areas. The biggest challenge is to play them even and play them hard and they’ll do the same because I know a lot about that group.” - Barry Trotz

Have at it, babes!