Face-off: 1900 ET, 07/12/2021
Venue: Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa and the New York Islanders both featured in shoot-outs when last on the ice and it would be no surprise to see this game go to overtime.
Each team is at the wrong end of the table in their respective Eastern Conference divisions with just 15 points on the board this term.
A scrappy contest is on the cards at Canadian Tire Centre, so 3.9 for a draw in regular time heads up our Ottawa Senators vs New York Islanders predictions.
Ottawa Senators Odds
To be fair, Ottawa are on a bit of a roll following a hat-trick victories, having picked up only four wins in their previous 20 matches.
All three have been tight, though, with Carolina shaded 3-2 and Colorado edged out 6-5 in overtime before last night’s 3-2 success versus New Jersey.
Drake Batherson and Brady Tkachuk netted versus the Devils in regular time and then goalie Anton Forsberg was the shootout hero.
“We trailed twice and stayed with it,” said head coach DJ Smith. “We stayed disciplined and played within our systems.
“You can see some confidence growing, we know what we have to do to win games.”
The Senators trailed 1-0 after the first period against New Jersey and have suffered from slow starts for much of the campaign.
However, their next opponents rank last in terms of goals in the opening stanza with just 11.
Looking at the NHL odds for this game, 1.8 for under 1.5 goals in the first 20 minutes makes sense.
New York Islanders Odds
New York have slumped to 5-10-5 due to a winless run which now stretches to 11 matches, with the last three defeats coming in extra time.
Noah Dobson earned the Islanders a 2-2 draw with Chicago when scoring with just four seconds remaining in the third period but a shootout later went against them.
Head coach Barry Trotz put a brave face on things, though, stating: “The only thing I didn’t like in the game is the result.
“You look at the group, I thought we had a really good effort. I look at the last three games, we’ve got a point in every game.
“We’re playing hockey now. We’re playing in a lot of areas the right way.”
New York are 32nd in the goals for category and Ottawa 28th but the Islanders do have a much better defensive record.
Only five teams have conceded fewer goals than the 59 they have let in, which is 29 less than the Senators.
With overtime and penalty shootouts included, we feel 3.2 for the Islanders to win and under 5.5 goals is a fair price for our NHL predictions.
New Jersey 2-3 OTTAWA (OT)
NEW YORK 2-3 Chicago (OT)
Head-to-head: Ottawa 4-3 New York, New York 4-1 Ottawa, Ottawa 2-4 New York, Ottawa 2-4 New York
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