The Islanders (0-1) go for their first win of the season as they take on the rival Capitals (0-0-1) in Washington on Saturday night.
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- The Islanders snapped their four-game losing streak versus Washington by beating the Capitals, 4-3, in overtime on the road in early April of last season. The win also snapped New York's three-game road losing streak versus Washington, and the Islanders' four goals scored in that game were their most on the road versus the Capitals since November 11, 2009 (lost, 5-4, in a shootout).
- The Islanders lost their season opener, 5-3, on the road versus the Rangers on Thursday. The Islanders trailed, 2-0, through the second period, but scored two goals in the first 4:04 of the third period to tie the game. However, the Islanders allowed three goals in the final period en route to the 5-3 loss.
- The Capitals dropped their season opener on Thursday, losing, 3-2, at Pittsburgh in a shootout; Washington has now lost four of its last five season openers. Last season, the Capitals won four of six games that went to a shootout.
- Alex Ovechkin has scored at least one goal in each of his last four games played versus the Islanders, totaling six goals over the four games. Since entering the league in 2005-06, no player has scored more goals versus the Islanders than Ovechkin (32).
- Andre Burakovsky scored two goals on Thursday, his third career multi-goal game. Burakovsky, who has now scored a goal in two of three career season openers, is looking to build off of last season (his second in the NHL) in which he scored a career high 17 goals after scoring nine goals in his rookie season.
- Since 2013-14, Andrew Ladd has played in seven games versus the Capitals, totaling nine points (two goals and seven assists) over the seven games. Ladd has totaled 33 career points versus Washington, his most versus any single team.
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