Ottawa Senators vs. New York Islanders - 12/5/15 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (15-8-4) at Ottawa Senators (13-7-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -121 / New York Islanders +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators meet Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The New York Islanders look to build on their impressive four-game winning streak. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.7 goals per game and scoring on 18.9 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with 12 goals, Kyle Okposo has 15 assists and Frans Nielsen has 74 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.3 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 26 goals on 352 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has given up 28 goals on 391 shots. Halak has allowed four goals in his last three games.
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The Ottawa Senators look to keep rolling after winning five of their last seven games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.4 percent of their power plays. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 13 goals, Bobby Ryan has 16 assists and Kyle Turris has 60 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 79.3 percent of their power play chances. Craig Anderson has allowed 57 goals on 677 shots faced and Andrew Hammond has given up 10 goals on 143 shots. Anderson has allowed 10 goals in his last three games. Mika Zibanejad is questionable with a concussion.
The Islanders are 4-9 in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference and 1-7 in their last 8 vs. Atlantic. The Senators are 1-6 in their last 7 Saturday games and 23-10 in their last 33 games playing on 1 days rest. The Islanders are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Ottawa and 19-45-6 in the last 70 meetings overall.
We have two teams playing well as of late, so I take value in the plus money considering this game is closer to a toss up. Not to mention New York has won five of the last seven meetings in Ottawa.