Two teams facing each other for the second time this season, the Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders take the ice at the Barclays Center. The game will get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 5, and you’ll be able to watch this Eastern Conference matchup live on Reseau Des Sports.
Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders Odds
New York (-270) is currently the favorite over Ottawa (+230), and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at an even 6 goals. The odds for betting that total sit at -120 for the under and +100 for the over.
The Islanders are 10-3 straight-up (SU) and have earned 6.6 units for moneyline bettors this year. That winning percentage, ranked second in the NHL in this young season, is an improvement over the 48-34 record from last year’s regular season campaign. Out of the team’s 13 regular season matches, seven of them have gone under the total, while six have gone over and none have pushed. The team is 6-2 SU at home this year.
New York’s converted on 23.8 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is rated 10th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 83.8 percent of all penalties.
New York, as a collective unit, has been penalized just 3.5 times per game this season, a number that’s pretty close to last year’s 3.3 penalties per game the team gave up. After serving an average of 7.8 penalty minutes per game a year ago, the team’s been forced to kill penalties for 8.6 minutes per matchup this season.
Averaging 27.9 saves per game with a .933 save percentage, Thomas Greiss (5-2) has been the top option in goal for the Islanders this year. If they decide to give him a breather, however, it may turn to Semyon Varlamov (5-2-2 record, .929 save percentage, 2.14 goals against average).
The Isles will continue to rely on leadership from Josh Bailey and Mathew Barzal. Bailey (11 points) has produced five goals and six assists and has recorded multiple points on four separate occasions this year. Barzal has six goals and five assists to his credit and has recorded a point in eight games.
On the other side of the ice, Ottawa is 4-9 straight up (SU) and has lost 4.5 units for bettors taking the moneyline this year. Through 13 regular season matches, seven of its games have gone over the total, while five have gone under the total and none have pushed. As the visiting team so far, Ottawa is 1-5 SU.
Ottawa has converted on just 8.3 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a figure that’s ranked 30th in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked 23rd overall and it’s successfully killed off 78.9 percent of all penalties.
Ottawa’s skaters have been penalized 5.2 times per game this season, a number that’s climbed noticeably from the 3.3 penalties per game given up a year ago. After serving an average of 8.5 penalty minutes per game a season ago the team’s been forced to stave off opponent power plays for a whopping 12.6 minutes per outing this year.
Craig Anderson (25.8 saves per game) has been the primary option in the net for Ottawa. Anderson owns a 2-6 record, while registering a .900 save percentage and 3.09 goals against average this year.
For the visiting Senators, the offense will be heavily coordinated by Connor Brown (two goals, 10 assists) and Thomas Chabot (one goal, eight assists).
Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders Free Picks
NHL Pick: SU Winner – Islanders, O/U – Over
- For both of these clubs, the over has hit in four of their last five matches.
- The Senators are 1-4 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 0-3 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.
- New York might have an advantage if this one comes down to the wire. The team’s 4-1 in games decided by one goal, while Ottawa is 0-2 in such games.