New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators Free Preview

Jose VasquezArticles, Hockey, NHL

Two squads currently on losing streaks, the New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators collide at Canadian Tire Centre for an Eastern Conference tilt. This one gets underway at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 27 and it can be watched live on MSG Network.

New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators Odds

New York (-105) is entering this one as the underdog to Ottawa (-115) and the oddsmakers have set the Over/Under (O/U) at 7 goals. The line for betting the total stands at -120 money on the over and +100 on the under.

New York is 31-45 straight up (SU) and has lost 12.9 units for moneyline bettors this year. 45 of its contests have gone over the total, while 27 have gone under and just three have pushed. The Isles are 14-24 SU as the road team in 2017-18.

New York has converted on 22.0 percent of its power play chances this year, a figure that places them in the top-10 among NHL teams. Its penalty kill is ranked 30th overall, and the teams successfully killed off only 74.5 percent of its penalties.

For the team as a whole, the Isles have been penalized just 3.4 times per game during the 2017-18 season, and 4.4 per game over its last five on the road. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 7.2 minutes per game over their last five outings.

Sporting a .906 save percentage and 29.2 saves per game, Jaroslav Halak (18-34-6) has been the primary option in goal for New York this year. If New York decides to rest him, however, head coach Doug Weight might turn to Thomas Greiss (12-12-2), who has a .891 save percentage and 3.84 goals against average this year.

John Tavares and Mathew Barzal will both be relied on to produce for the visiting Islanders. Tavares has 78 points on 33 goals and 45 assists, and has recorded multiple points in 23 different games. Barzal has 20 goals and 56 assists to his credit (and has registered a point in 45 games).

On the other bench, Ottawa is 26-49 straight up (SU) and has lost 18.1 units for moneyline bettors thus far. Through 75 regular season contests, 40 of its games have gone over the total, while 34 have gone under and none have pushed. This year, the teams 15-23 SU at home.

The Senators have converted on just 16.8 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places them in the bottom 5 overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 28th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 75.7 percent of all penalties.

Ottawa players have been sent to the penalty box only 3.4 times per game in total this season, and 2.2 per game over their last five home outings. The teams been forced to kill penalties just 5.6 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.

Craig Anderson has denied 27.4 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Senators. Anderson has 22 wins, 32 losses, and six overtime losses to his credit and has recorded a mediocre 3.31 goals against average and a poor .899 save percentage this year.

The home team will be led on offense by Mark Stone (20 goals, 42 assists).

New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators Betting Predictions

Free Pick: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Under

Betting Trends

  • A majority (61.3 percent) of New York’s wins have come by two or more goals, and the team is 19-26 overall in such games. 10 of Ottawa’s wins (38.5 percent) have been decided by two or more goals.
  • New York has averaged 2.3 goals per game, while giving up 4.3, over its three-game losing skid.
  • Power plays and penalty kills could prove to be key in the outcome of this game. The Islanders are 12-23 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 20-34 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total. The Senators are 11-23 when they serve fewer penalty minutes than the opposition and 18-33 when their penalty minutes are in the single digits.
  • Ottawa is 2-7 in games decided by a shootout this season while New York is 3-3 in shootouts.
  • The over has hit in three of Ottawa’s last five outings.
  • Ottawa has averaged 2.7 goals per game overall this year, but is averaging 1.6 goals per contest on its five-game losing skid.
  • Ottawa is ranked 18th this season with 9.9 giveaways per game. That figure has regressed lately, as it’s averaged 11.2 giveaways over its last 10 games and 11.6 giveaways over its last five.
  • New York is ranked 27th this season with 11.3 giveaways per game. That figures trended higher recently, as the teams averaged 12.4 giveaways over its last 10 games and 14.4 giveaways over its last five.
  • The Sens this season have tallied the fifth-most hits in the league (24.1 per game).