Ottawa Senators (44-27-10) at New York Islanders (39-29-12)
|Date & Time||Sunday April 9, 2017, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New York Islanders / Ottawa Senators --- Over/Under:
NHL hockey action on Sunday features a season ending bout between the Ottawa Senators and the New York Islanders.
The Ottawa Senators had secured a postseason berth Thursday via an overtime victory at the Boston Bruins but they were not done. The Senators again came up big again on Saturday with a 3-1 victory versus the visiting New York Rangers to sew up the home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with their final game of the regular season coming at the New York Islanders on Sunday. The Sens offense featured goals from Derick Brassard, Mike Hoffman and Jean-Gabriel Pageau while Craig Anderson stood tall between the pipes with an 18 save effort. The Rangers only goal came off the stick of Mika Zibanejad with Henrik Lundqvist absorbed the loss despite a hefty 30 stops.
The New York Islanders have been up and down and pretty much all over the map this season which had to change a few weeks ago with the postseason still up for grabs. The Islanders have been a team on a mission and have won five consecutive contests following a 4-2 victory at the Prudential Center and the slumping New Jersey Devils. Anders Lee paced the New York offense with a pair of goals with Jason Chimera and Adam Pelech also finding the back of the net to support the huge 37 save performance of Jaroslav Halak. Beau Bennett was the bright spot for the Devils with both goals but Keith Kinkaid allowed all four goals on 20 shots as New Jersey has dropped 20 of 23.
The under is 3-0-1 in Senators last 4 in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation and the Senators are 4-0 in their last 4 in the fourth game of a 4-in-6 situation while the Senators are 5-1 in their last 6 in the third game of a 3-in-4 situation. The Islanders are 4-0 in their last 4 overall and the over is 4-0 in Islanders last 4 Sunday games while the under is 4-0 in Islanders last 4 games playing on 0 days rest. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York and the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
If Toronto loses the Islanders will still be alive for the postseason so I favor them Sunday in that scenario…