Brock Nelson, Mathew Barzal, and the New York Islanders are set to face off against Brady Tkachuk, Connor Brown, and the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre in an Eastern Conference tilt. Reseau Des Sports will showcase the matchup, and the opening face-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 5.
New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators Odds
Ottawa (+135) is entering this one as the underdog to New York (-155), and the Over/Under (O/U) has been set at an even 6 goals (-120 to bet the under, +100 for the over).
New York is 35-30 straight up (SU) and has earned moneyline bettors 1.1 units this year. 36 of its outings have gone under the total, while 26 have gone over and just three have pushed. The Isles are 15-16 SU on the road in 2019-20.
New York has converted on just 17.7 percent of its power play opportunities this year, a mark that’s ranked 23rd in the NHL. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 15th in the league, and it has successfully killed off 80.5 percent of its penalties..
Averaging 25.9 saves per game with a .916 save percentage, Semyon Varlamov (20-23-5) has been the top option in goal for New York this season. If head coach Barry Trotz decides to rest him, however, the team could roll with Thomas Greiss (16-14-3), who has a .914 save percentage and 2.74 goals against average this year.
Ottawa is 23-44 straight up (SU) and has lost 14.3 units for moneyline bettors this year. 36 of its matches have gone over the total, while 30 have gone under and just one has pushed. It’s 17-19 SU at home this season.
The Senators have converted on just 15.1 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that places them in the bottom overall among NHL teams. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked 23rd overall, and it’s successfully killed off 77.2 percent of all opponent power plays.
Craig Anderson has denied 26.3 shots per game as the top choice in goal for the Senators. Anderson has nine wins, 22 losses, and two overtime losses to his name and has maintained a pedestrian 3.35 goals against average and a poor .897 save percentage this season.
New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators Betting Picks
Pick: SU Winner – Senators, O/U – Under
The Islanders are 3-2 in games decided by a shootout this season while the Senators are 1-5 in shootouts.
For both of these clubs, the game went over the total in four of their last five matchups.
New York has managed 24.8 shot attempts per game over its last five road games while Ottawa has been attempting 32.8 shots per game over its last five at home.
Six of New York’s last ten games have been decided by two goals or more. The team is 2-4 in those games.
This game features two of the more physical teams in the league. New York skaters have accounted for the most hits in the league (28.0 per game) and the Sens have recorded the most (28.0).