NEW YORK -- It took a little longer than expected, but the Washington Capitals are right where most forecasters predicted.
Unfortunately for the New York Islanders, the same can be said for them.
A pair of Metropolitan Division contenders will face off Monday night when the Islanders host the Capitals at Barclays Center.
The Capitals earned their season-high fourth consecutive win Friday when they beat the visiting New York Rangers 4-2. The Islanders lost for the third straight game Saturday when they fell to the host Boston Bruins 3-1.
The winning streak is the highlight of a six-week surge for the Capitals (18-11-1), who went 5-6-1 in October but are 13-5-0 since to move into second place in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets. >> Read more
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