Ottawa vs New York: Road Weary Senators Host Rested Islanders
New York Islanders: Begin NHL second half playoff push
Though they are three games into the second half of the season – the Islanders playoff push begins tonight. New York has enjoyed a fairly light schedule as they have played just ten games over the past 30 days and they haven’t been on the road since January 10. The Isles have been inconsistent recently as they have posted a 6-7-1 record that’s due in part to a “feast or famine” offense. During that stretch, the Islanders outscored their opponents 27-14 in their six wins but were outscored 24-6 during the seven losses. In their last contest, New York dropped a 2-1 shootout decision at home to the Vancouver Canucks. Rust could be a factor early - being rested pays off over three periods.
Ottawa Senators: Travel weary Crew is back in Canada’s Capital after a long raod trip
Ottawa has been stumbling recently as the Senators are 4-7-0 since returning from the Christmas break. Although not an overly grueling adventure, being as it spanned twelve days, the Senators are back home following a five-game road trip. The journey began with losses to Washington (7-1) and Anaheim (4-1) continued with wins in Los Angeles (5-3) and San Jose (4-3 SO) and ended with a 6-3 blowout loss against the Devils in New Jersey last night. In short – the Senators have been like a box of chocolates. Ottawa has not been very good in perceived “rebound” games as they have followed 7-3 and 7-1 losses with 3-0 and 4-1 losses the last two times they faced that dynamic.
Islanders vs Senators NHL Selection: This match is the second of three meetings this season after Ottawa posted a 3-2 (OT) win at home in early December. Jaroslav Halak (11-8-4 GAA 2.11) battles Andrew Hammond (3-4-2 GAA 2.75) in the goaltending duel tonight. New York ranks 13th overall in the NHL with 123 goals scored and seventh with 112 goals allowed. Having played two more games than the Islanders, Ottawa is seventh with 132 goals for and a dismal 29th on defense as the Sens have allowed 147 goals. New York has a very clean injury report while Ottawa will be without top centerman Kyle Turris for a second straight game. Back the Islanders with a five-unit wager on the money line price posted on the NHL betting board at SportsInteraction.
New York Islanders vs Ottawa Senators – SportsInteraction NHL Betting Lines
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