New York Islanders vs Ottawa Senators Predictions, NHL Pick, Odds, Tips 3/5/2020
Game: New York Islanders vs Ottawa Senators
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Location: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Islanders (-150) Senators (+136)
Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators (23-32-12, 7th in the Atlantic Division) host the New York Islanders (35-22-8, 4th in the Metropolitan Division) at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, March 5, 2020. The odds on this matchup have the Islanders priced at -150 and the Senators are at +136. The over/under is set at 6. The Islanders cover 51.6% of the time, having gone 32-30 SU. Ottawa is covering 33.3% of the time, going 22-44 straight up.
The New York Islanders head into this game holding a record of 35 wins and 22 losses, putting them at 4th in the Metropolitan Division. During the season thus far, they have earned a total of 180 goals which has them at 13th in the conference and 24th in the league. Their goal differential is +1, putting them at 19th in the league. The Islanders currently have a total of 78 pts, which has them at 13th in the league and 8th in the Eastern Conference. Regarding shots toward the net, they currently have a total of 1,901 which has them at 15th in the East and 30th in the league. As a unit, New York currently has a total of 1,754 hits which means they have an average of 27 per contest. They currently have a total of 954 blocks for the season. The man in net for New York is Semyon Varlamov from Kuybyshev, USSR. He is 31 years old and has totaled 2,394 mins in goal for the season. Varlamov is giving up 2.56 goals per game which has him placed 9th in the Eastern Conference and 14th in the NHL. Over the course of this season, he has allowed 102 goals. His save % is .916 which has him placed 9th in the Eastern Conference.
The New York Islanders were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with a 6 - 2 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens their last time out. The Islanders had a below average offensive outing in the defeat. In this outing, they finished 2 of the 22 shots they looked to score on. Furthermore, they had 4 power play opportunities and were able to notch 1 goal out of those chances. New York ended up with a total of 5 penalty minutes while out there on the ice. The Corsi for the Islanders sat at 38 and the Corsi against was 50 which means they had a Corsi percentage of 43.2%. Their Fenwick was 30 and the Fenwick against sat at 38, which tells us they had a Fenwick percentage of 44.1%. They earned 29 face-off wins at even strength and lost 16 attempts to control the puck. The offensive zone starts for them were rated at 33.3% and they had a PDO of 88.6 in this one. When it comes to their opponent, the Montreal Canadiens earned 27 shots. They had a total of 13 penalty mins and they had 1 power play chance.
The Senators are the team on the other side of the ice and for the season they have 23 wins and 32 defeats. Regarding goal differential, they rank 15th in the Eastern Conference and 30th in the NHL with -46. They have compiled a total of 180 goals for this season which ranks them 12th in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has a team save percentage of .900 which currently has them sitting 20th in the NHL, which tells us scoring chances could present themselves. They have a team shooting percentage of 8.8% putting them at 13th in the conference. In net for Ottawa is Craig Anderson who is having a rough year by giving up 3.35 goals per contest and that has him 32nd in the Eastern Conference and 65th in the NHL among goaltenders. In the 1,667 mins he has played, he's surrendered 93 goals. He holds a save % of .897, which places him at 30th in the Eastern Conference and 59th in the NHL among goaltenders.
The Ottawa Senators faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game where the Senators were on the wrong end of the score by a final score of 7 - 3. In this outing, Ottawa wound up with a 43.8% Corsi rating. They wound up with that percentage by having a Corsi of 39 and their opponent having a Corsi of 50. Their Fenwick percentage was 42.2% by earning a Fenwick of 27 and the Penguins earning a 37 Fenwick. These Corsi stats tell us the story of the kind of game Ottawa had and we'd say they played an average game. Their PDO was 94.3 and their percentage of oZS was 37.5%. The Senators netted 3 goals of the 26 shots on goal they pursued. They had 4 power play chances in this one but were not able to net one. Regarding the opposition, the Penguins had 5 power play attempts and used that advantage to score 1 goal. Ottawa allowed 35 shots on goal and the Penguins had 8 minutes in the box.
Who will win tonight's hockey game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take New York (-150)
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