Ottawa Senators vs. New York Islanders - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ottawa Senators vs. New York Islanders - 3/5/20 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders (35-22-8) at Ottawa Senators (23-32-12)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)

The Line: Ottawa Senators +136 / New York Islanders -150 --- Over/Under: 6

TV: MSG+, TSN5

The New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators meet Thursday in NHL action at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The New York Islanders need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 17.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Brock Nelson leads New York with 24 goals, Mathew Barzal has 38 assists and Anthony Beauvillier has 127 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 80.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Semyon Varlamov has given up 102 goals on 1,215 shots faced and Thomas Greiss has allowed 70 goals on 810 shots. The New York Islanders have allowed three or more goals in 12 of their last 16 games.

The Ottawa Senators need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Ottawa Senators are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.3 percent of their power play opportunities. Anthony Duclair leads Ottawa with 22 goals, Thomas Chabot has 31 assists and Brady Tkachuk has 250 shots on goal. Defensively, the Ottawa Senators are allowing 3.3 goals per game and are killing 76.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Craig Anderson has given up 93 goals on 907 shots faced and Marcus Hogberg has allowed 65 goals on 713 shots. The Ottawa Senators have allowed three or more goals in 16 of their last 21 games.

The Islanders are 5-2 in their last 7 games as a favorite, 2-5 in their last 7 games as a road favorite and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Senators are 6-13 in their last 19 home games, 32-71 in their last 103 games as an underdog and 37-77 in their last 114 overall. The under is 8-2 in Islanders last 10 overall. The over is 4-1 in Senators last 5 overall. The Islanders are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Ottawa and 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.

The New York Islanders are a tough sell these days, but they have won eight of the last nine meetings against the Senators, scoring no less than four goals in each of the last seven meetings. The Ottawa Senators remain the second worst team to bet on this season with only the Detroit Red Wings losing more money for bettors. Even though the New York Islanders aren't playing well, we're getting a decent price to continue fading the Senators. I'll take it.

Randy’s Pick New York Islanders -150

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.