New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators Prediction, NHL Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Dec 07, 2021

A pair of struggling teams will meet in Ottawa Tuesday night as the Senators play host to the New York Islanders.

NY Islanders
37-35-4-6
AT
December 07, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa
33-42-5-2
Puckline -1.5 +170
Moneyline -151
Over / Under o +5.5

55%

Betting Action

45%

Puckline +1.5 -204
Moneyline +126
Over / Under u +5.5

55%

Betting Action

45%

The Sens have come out on the right side of close decisions lately, winning their last three games by a single goal, including a 3-2 shootout win in New Jersey on Monday.  It’s been a tire fire of a season for the Islanders, who lost their 11th straight game on Sunday, falling 3-2 in overtime to Chicago.

The Islanders are -152 favourites to win on the NHL odds, with a total of 5.5.

Islanders vs. Senators NHL Betting Odds

New York has generally done fairly well against Ottawa, winning six of the last seven head-to-heads.  The last time these teams met, however, the Senators came out on top with a 4-3 home win in March 2020.  Seven of the last eight meetings between these teams have hit the Over.  About 65 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are rolling with Ottawa in this one, while around 57 per cent of action is taking the Over.

It’s been an absolutely disastrous start to the season for this Islanders team that has lost 11 consecutive games overall, including their last five on the road.  They’re 7-13 against the spread overall this year and 6-8 ATS on the road.  The total has gone Under in five of New York’s last six games.

Ottawa hasn’t been great at home this year as they’ve lost eight of their last 10 games at Canadian Tire Centre.  They’re 10-13 ATS overall and have failed to cover in seven of 12 total home games.  The total has gone Under in six of the Senators’ last nine games against Eastern Conference teams.

New York Islanders

The Islanders just can’t seem to catch a break.  Over their last three games they’ve had great chances to snap their long losing streak, but they fell in overtime to San Jose and Detroit then lost 3-2 in a shootout against Chicago.  Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Noah Dobson had the goals for New York on Sunday.  Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 of 26 shots in regulation/overtime and one of two shots in the shootout.  Ilya Sorokin is expected to get the start in net against Ottawa.  Sorokin is 5-6-4 this season, posting a 2.49 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

One of the biggest issues facing the Isles is a serious lack of offence.  They rank 31st in the NHL in goals per game (1.90), 29th in shots per game (26.4) and 26th in power-play percentage (14.3).  Only two players have recorded double-digit points on the year.  Mathew Barzal has a team-high 13 points (5G, 8A) in 20 games, while Brock Nelson has 11 points, including a team-high nine goals, in 15 games.  No other player on the roster has managed more than seven points.

Ottawa Senators

It’s been another tough year overall in Ottawa, but Sens fans are hoping their current three-game win streak is a sign of things to come.  Drake Batherson and Brady Tkachuk had the regulation goals for the Senators on Monday, while Tim Stutzle and Josh Norris scored in the shootout.  The trio of Batherson, Tkachuk and Norris has produced the majority of the offence for Ottawa this year.  Batherson leads the team with 20 points (8G, 12A), while Tkachuk is second with 18 (8G, 10A).  Norris has 17 points, including a team-high 10 goals.

Anton Forsberg made 22 saves in regulation/overtime and stopped two of three attempts in the shootout on Monday.  With Matt Murray banished to the AHL for the time being, Filip Gustavsson is expected to get the start in net against the Islanders.  Gustavsson is 3-6-1 this year, with 3.64 GAA and .899 SV.

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