New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators
|Date & Time||Thursday March 7, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
Canadian Tire Center
New York Islanders -200 / Ottawa Senators +170 -- O/U: 6
TSN5, RDS, MSG+
The New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators meet in NHL action from the Canadian Tire Center on Thursday night.
The New York Islanders will be looking to sweep a home and home series with the Senators after picking up a 5-4 shootout victory over Ottawa last time out. Brock Nelson scored the lone goal for New York to give the Isles a 1-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play.
Brian Gibbons tied the game for the Senators just :26 into the 2nd period before Devon Toews restored the lead just 2:08 later and Anders Lee doubled the lead 3:11 after that. Oscar Lindberg pulled a goal back :47 after Lee’s tally to make it 3-2 before Ross Johnston restored New York’s two-goal cushion just after the midway point of the frame, sending us to the 3rd with New York up 4-2.
Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored in the 3rd to tie the game at 4-4, sending us to some free hockey. Overtime solved nothing between the two sides, so it was off to a shootout where Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal scored for the Islanders while Travis Chabot and Bobby Ryan were shut down to give the Islanders the extra point in the win.
Robin Lehner started the game for New York in goal, stopping 21 of 25 shots before leaving late in the 3rd period due to injury, leaving the door open for Thomas Greiss to pick up the victory, improving his record to 18-10-2 with the win. Craig Anderson took the loss, falling to 14-22-4 after allowing 4 goals on 38 shots faced through regulation and overtime as well as allowing a pair of goals in the shootout.
New York is 25-10 in their last 35 games against a team with a losing record and 8-3 in their last 11 games against the Atlantic division while the under is 20-5-2 in their last 27 games following a win. Ottawa is 25-54 in their last 79 games overall and 19-40 in their last 59 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 home games. New York is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Ottawa.
I’d like to give Ottawa a chance at home here, but the fact is that the losses keep piling up, and a coaching change hasn’t helped and it’s probably time to just accept Ottawa’s fate as the worst team in the East and one of the worst teams in the league. New York continues to keep their momentum going, has done a good job beating up on the teams that they’re supposed to beat (like the Senators), and have had a lot of success in this matchup. I’m not a fan of the price, but I think the pick is pretty simple here, lay the juice with the Islanders in this spot.