In their first of three head-to-head meetings this season, the New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators take the ice at Canadian Tire Centre in an Eastern Conference showdown. The match gets started at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 25, and you can catch the game live on CiTV.
New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators Odds
New York is 13-9 straight up (SU) and has netted moneyline bettors 3.8 units this year. 13 of its outings have gone over the total, while seven have gone under and just one has pushed. This 2017-18 Islanders team is 6-7 SU on the road.
New York has converted on 22.1 percent of its power play opportunities this season, a mark that’s good enough for ninth-best in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 16th overall, and the teams successfully killed off 79.7 percent of all penalties.
For the team as a whole, the Isles have been called for penalties just 3.6 times per game overall in the 2017-18 season, and 2.6 per game over its past five matchups. The teams had to stave off opponent power plays just 6.9 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Averaging 30.3 saves per game with a .903 save percentage, Thomas Greiss (8-4-2) has been the primary option in goal for New York this year. Greiss played yesterday, however, so the team may opt to rest him and roll with Jaroslav Halak instead (5-6 record, .896 save percentage, 3.15 goals against average).
Josh Bailey and John Tavares will both look to continue their strong seasons for the visiting Islanders. Bailey has 27 points via five goals and 22 assists, and has recorded multiple points nine times. Tavares has 15 goals and 11 assists to his name (and has logged at least one point in 11 games).
On the other side of the ice, Ottawa is 8-12 straight up (SU) and has lost 7.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 12 of its contests have gone over the total, while eight have gone under and none have pushed. This season, the team is 4-9 SU at home.
The Senators have converted on just 16.9 percent of their power play chances this year, a mark that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 20th overall, and it’s successfully killed off 78.6 percent of all penalties.
Senators skaters have been called for penalties only 3.6 times per game in total this season, 3.0 per game over their past five outings total, and 3.8 per game over their last five home outings. The team has had to defend opponent power plays just 8.7 minutes per game over their last 10 outings.
Craig Anderson has denied 24.1 shots per game as the top selection in goal for the Senators. Anderson has seven wins, nine losses, and three OT losses to his credit and has maintained a poor .896 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average this year.
The home team will be led on offense by Mark Stone (13 goals, eight assists).
New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators Free Picks
Predictions: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Under
- Ottawa (1-4 in shootouts this season) has more experience in games decided by shootout. New York has only participated in two shootouts this year, winning one and losing the other.
- The under has hit in three of Ottawa’s last five outings.
- Ottawa has averaged 3.2 goals per game overall this year, but has been averaging 1.3 goals per matchup on its four-game losing skid.
- Over New York’s last ten games, six of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 4-2 in those games).
- The Sens this season have tallied the 10th-most hits per game (22.4).