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The last time the Caps played the New York Islanders, they were handed a 3-0 loss at home. Will the Caps be out for revenge on Tuesday?

Here are three bold predictions for Tuesday's game (CSN, 7 p.m.):

1. The Capitals will not score on the power play

The power play has been hot lately, but the Islanders' penalty kill has been even better. New York has allowed only one power play goal in the last nine games and has not even given up a power play opportunity in two of their last four games.

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2. The third line of Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller and Jakub Vrana will score

Burakovsky's goal drought is clearly weighing on him — he had a very long conversation with assistant coach Lane Lambert after practice on Monday — but this line is poised for a breakout performance. Vrana had seven shots, four on goal, and was one of the team's best offensive weapons Sunday against Vancouver. Eller also looks like he is finally settling in with only one minor penalty in his last eight games. Simply put, this line is due.

3. John Tavares will extend his point streak with an assist

The Islanders are starting to turn things around after a disastrous start and Tavares is a major reason why. He has earned at least one point in seven of the last eight games including the last five straight. In that stretch, New York has gone 5-2-1. The Caps will prevent him from finding the back of the net, but not from getting onto the scoresheet on Tuesday.

 

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