The New York Islanders head North to face the Ottawa Senators in a battle of struggling sides. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. EST.
The month of January has been a rough one for New York, as the Islanders have notched a 2-7-3 record in 12 games and are losers of five in a row. The Islanders carry a 23-21-5 record (51 points) into tonight and sit sixth in the Metropolitan Division. Brock Nelson and Anders Lee are tied for the team-lead in goals with 17 each. Nelson is tied for New York’s points lead as well, but this time it is with Mathew Barzal. Each skater has tallied 42 points thus far. While Ilya Sorokin has had a Vezina-caliber year thus far, Semyon Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice this morning. Varlamov is 8-5-1 with a 2.85 goals against average and a .908 save percentage in 14 games.
Ottawa comes into tonight as losers of six of its last eight games. The Senators’ 20-23-3 record (43 points) slots them seventh in the Atlantic Division. Ottawa is led by young Tim Stutzle in scoring, as the German has notched 20 goals this season. Brady Tkachuk leads the team in points with 47 and is second in goals with 17. Stutzle is second on the Senators in points with 43. Claude Giroux and Drake Batherson are tied for third in points with 40 each, while Alex DeBrincat’s 39 points round out the top five. Cam Talbot has been the goaltender of choice for Ottawa this season. Talbot is 11-13-1 with a 2.95 GAA and a .903 SV% in 27 games.
New York has won four straight games against Ottawa, including all three last season and the first this season. Tonight’s projected starting goaltenders are Varlamov for New York and Talbot for Ottawa.
Prediction: Ottawa 3, New York 2
This game will be tight checking to start, but has the potential to open up as the game progresses. Without Sorokin in net, the Islanders may let in an extra goal or two without their number one goaltender to bail them out. Ottawa’s superior offense will be too much for New York. I also cannot take the Isles during this streak of inferiority.
Odds Presented By Betfred Sportsbook
Spread- New York Islanders +1.5 (-235) / Ottawa Senators -1.5 (+185)
Moneyline- New York Islanders +110 / Ottawa Senators -130
Total- 6.0 – Over (-115) / Under (-105)