Ottawa Senators vs. New York Islanders - 3/27/18 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (31-35-10) at Ottawa Senators (26-38-11)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -120 / New York Islanders +109 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MSG+, RDS
The New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators meet Tuesday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The New York Islanders could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The New York Islanders are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 22.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Anders Lee leads New York with 38 goals, Mathew Barzal has 56 assists and John Tavares has 231 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 3.6 goals per game and are killing 74.3 percent of their opponents power plays. Jaroslav Halak has given up 157 goals on 1,673 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 84 goals on 774 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 13 games.
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The Ottawa Senators could also use a win here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 17 percent of their power play opportunities. Mike Hoffman leads Ottawa with 22 goals, Erik Karlsson has 49 assists and Mark Stone has 132 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.4 goals per game and are killing 75.5 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 163 goals on 1,616 shots faced and Mike Condon has allowed 82 goals on 840 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in six of their last eight games.
The Islanders are 2-7 in their last 9 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-6 in their last 7 Tuesday games and 1-7 in their last 8 road games. The Senators are 1-6 in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-10 in their last 12 Tuesday games and 18-40 in their last 58 overall. The Islanders are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Ottawa, 23-49-6 in the last 78 meetings and the under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
Neither team can play defense, the losses are piling up on both sides and they're both on the end of a back to back. Oof. This isn't a game I'm trying to bet, but if I'm going to pick a side, I'm taking the team that's at home. Playing in your own arena always has its advantages. In a battle between two clubs that can't buy a victory, I'm certainly not trying to back the team on the road. Give me the Senators.