Ottawa Senators (15-18-4) at New York Islanders (18-13-4)
|Date & Time||Friday December 28, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders -225 / Ottawa Senators +180 --- Over/Under: 6
The Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders meet in NHL action from the Barclays Center on Friday night.
The Ottawa Senators will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 4-0 loss to Washington in their last outing. The Capitals jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:32 into the game and held a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes and doubled the advantage by the end of the 2nd period, putting the game completely out of reach as none of Ottawa’s 35 shots on goal found the back of the net in the losing effort. It wasn’t for a lack of trying though as Brady Tkachuk led the Senators with 7 shots on goal and Bobby Ryan had 4 shots on target. Mike McKenna took the loss, falling to 1-3-1 this season after allowing all 4 goals on 33 shots in the losing effort.
The New York Islanders will look to pick up some steam after a 3-1 road win over the Dallas Stars in their last outing. The game was a scoreless tie through the opening frame and the Isles fell behind as Dallas notched their only goal 6:20 into the 2nd period. Casey Cizikas would tie the game by the end of the 2nd, giving us a 1-1 game heading into the 3rd where Anders Lee broke the deadlock with a power play goal and Leo Komarov iced the Islanders’ victory with an empty net goal with one minute remaining. Robin Lehner picked up the win to improve to 6-6-3 this season after stopping 19 of the 20 shots faced in the winning effort.
Ottawa is 12-41 in their last 53 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 games overall while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 Friday games. New York is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 11-5 in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. Ottawa is 49-24-6 in the last 79 meetings between these two teams and 25-11-3 in the last 39 meetings between these two teams in New York.
The Senators have had a ton of success in this matchup, so the heavy plus money could be worth a look. However, the Senators have also been brutal on the road dating back to last season, while the Islanders have been picking up their play as of late. The issue is the price tag for me. Each of the last 3 meetings have been decided by one goal, so the puck line doesn’t hold much value in this spot. Instead, I’m going to side with the over as it’s hit in back-to-back meetings and in 4 of the last 6 and if we’re being honest, I don’t have much faith in either side keeping the puck out of the net at this point.