Making his return to Capital One Arena, Barry Trotz will lead his New York Islanders against the Washington Capitals.
It will be the first time Trotz sees the Stanley Cup banner in person and the second time that he will go at odds with his former team.
But as things stand for both teams, they are going in opposite directions. The Isles are one of the hottest teams in the league, winners of 12 of their last 16 contests. Washington quite possibly has hit their post-Stanley Cup hangover, and is 4-4-2 in their last 10.
These two teams met up earlier this season and they already gave Trotz his ring, but the Caps got the victory. With the way the two teams are trending right now in the Metro division, Trotz may get his revenge.
Here is everything you need to know about the Friday night game, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington.
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Capitals vs. New York Islanders Game 47 of the 2018-19 NHL Regular Season
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
When: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Capitals vs. Islanders game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington
Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, 106.7 The Fan FM
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS TV SCHEDULE
6:30 PM: Caps Faceoff Live
7:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live
7:30 PM: Capitals vs. Islanders
10:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live
10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live
11:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS INJURY REPORT:
Capitals: Christian Djoos (leg, Injured Reserve)
Islanders: Thomas Hickey (upper body, day-to-day), Andrew Ladd (lower body, Injured Reserve)
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Braden Holtby, G, Capitals (17-10-2, 2.80 GAA): Holtby missed the past two games for Caps due to an eye injury he suffered on Jan. 12 against Columbus. His status is still up in the air for this matchup, but in the past 150+ minutes (2.5 games) without Holtby the team has allowed 12 goals.
Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (33 G, 19 A, 52 Pts): As much as the defense has struggled, so has the offense. Four goals in the past three games is all the Caps can muster, with one of the four coming off of the stick of Ovechkin. He has not been the reason for the lack of the offense, but Ovi needs to get them out of the funk.
Robin Lehner, G, Islanders (13-7-3, 2.16 GAA): Dominating is all that Lehner has been doing for the Isles as of late and is a huge part of their comeback. When he's made it on the ice, the team has won nine of their last 10. His GAA is tops in the NHL and his save percentage (.928) is second. Not a good recipe for a Caps team that has trouble finding the net.
CAPITALS vs. ISLANDERS SERIES HISTORY
Number of all-time Meetings: 252 (37 postseason)
All-Time Series Record: Capitals lead 124-115-13
Regular Season Record: Capitals lead 108-94-13
Playoff Record: Islanders lead 21-16
Last Meeting: Caps win 4-1 OT (11/26/18)
Last 10: Capitals lead 6-4
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