New York travels to play Carlson and the Capitals

New York Islanders (24-10-3, second in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Washington Capitals (27-8-5, first in the Metropolitan Division)

Washington; Tuesday, 1 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: John Carlson and Washington square off against New York. Carlson currently ranks ninth in the league with 50 points, scoring 13 goals and recording 37 assists.

The Capitals are 5-4-1 against the rest of their division. Washington ranks fifth in the NHL averaging 3.5 goals per game, led by Alex Ovechkin with 24.

The Islanders are 6-3-1 against opponents from the Metropolitan Division. New York is last in the NHL shooting 28.7 shots per game.

In their last matchup on Oct. 4, Washington won 2-1.

TOP PERFORMERS: Carlson leads the Capitals with 37 assists and has recorded 50 points this season. Nicklas Backstrom has totaled four goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for Washington.

Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders with 33 points, scoring 16 goals and registering 17 assists. Anders Lee has four goals and four assists over the last 10 games for New York.

LAST 10 GAMES: Islanders: 5-4-1, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.5 assists, 4.6 penalties and 12.7 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .900 save percentage.

Capitals: 6-4-0, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.6 assists, 5.6 penalties and 14.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with a .897 save percentage.

INJURIES: Capitals: Christian Djoos: day to day (upper body), Michal Kempny: day to day (illness).

Islanders: Cal Clutterbuck: out (wrist).