The New York Islanders face the Ottawa Senators with both teams looking to improve from rough seasons. The Islanders have a 23-21-5 record and with only one win in the last 10 games have fallen to the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. The Senators have a 20-23-3 record and with back-to-back losses have fallen to the bottom of the Atlantic Division. Both teams are looking to improve within their divisions and the Eastern Conference and the upcoming game looks to be a good one as a result.
Islanders offense has been awfulThe Islanders are having a season to forget with their offense falling apart and scoring only 2.92 goals per game with only 10 goals in the last five games. Brock Nelson, Anders Lee, and Mathew Barzal have scored 45 goals and 72 assists but the rest of the offense has struggled. Only six skaters have 10 goals or more and opponents can eliminate the hapless offense with ease.
The offense has struggled but the defense has stepped up, allowing only 2.82 goals per game. Ryan Pulock and Alexander Romanov have combined for 5.4 defensive point shares and 175 blocked shots while Adam Pelech, Scott Mayfield, and Sebastian Aho have combined for 6.0 defensive point shares to add depth to the unit. In addition, goaltender Ilya Sorokin has been great with a .922 save percentage and a 2.44 goals-against average on 1101 shots.
Senators offense has fallen apartThe Senators are having a rough season with their offense struggling and scoring only 2.87 goals per game with only two goals in the last two games. Brady Tkachuk and Tim Stützle have scored 37 goals and 53 assists to lead the top line but the rest of the offense has struggled. Only six skaters have eight goals or more and opposing defenses can eliminate the hapless offense as a result.
The offense has let the Senators down but the defense has also struggled, allowing 3.30 goals per game. Jake Sanderson and Thomas Chabot have combined for 4.4 defensive point shares but the rest of the unit has struggled, allowing opponents to find open shots on the net at will. Additionally, goaltender Cam Talbot has struggled with a .903 save percentage and a 2.95 goals-against average on 754 shots.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
This is going to be a great game between two teams eager to turn their seasons around. The Islanders are looking to pull off the upset but the Senators look to step up at home and control this game. The Senators should create plenty of scoring chances with Brady Tkachuk, Tim Stützle, and the rest of the forward unit carrying the puck into the offensive zone and creating open shots with great puck movement. The Senators should also limit an Islanders offense that averages only 2.92 goals per game with Jake Sanderson and Thomas Chabot creating turnovers at the blue line and limiting shots on the net, allowing goaltender Cam Talbot to make plenty of big saves. The Senators should win the game with a strong performance on their home ice.
Take the Senators money line as home Favorites.
Full-Game Total Pick
Both teams have awful offenses and the upcoming game should reflect that with both defenses stepping up and taking over this game. The Islanders, who allow only 2.82 goals per game, should limit a Senators offense that is scoring only 2.87 goals per game, with Ryan Pulock, Alexander Romanov, and the rest of the defensive unit creating turnovers in the defensive zone and limiting shots on the net, allowing goaltender Ilya Sorokin to make plenty of big saves. The Senators should eliminate an Islanders offense that has only scored 10 goals in the last five games with Thomas Chabot, Jake Sanderson, and the rest of the defensive unit forcing turnovers in the neutral zone and defensive zone while goaltender Cam Talbot blanks the shots on the net. The Under should cover in a low-scoring game with both defenses stepping up.
Take the Under on 6 goals.