Latest Total Trends Point 'Under' For Islanders & Senators NHL Pick

Bruce Webster

Friday, January 22, 2016 2:36 PM GMT

The Ottawa Senators will be playing the second game of a back-to-back situation when they host the New York Islanders at the Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night. Check our NHL pick inside.

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NHL Pick: Under 5.5
Best Line Offered: at Heritage

 

Hail to Grabovski
New York center Mikhail Grabovski will not be suspended despite delivering an illegal hit on Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin during Monday’s victory for the Islanders. Grabovski incurred a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct, but the NHL announced on Tuesday that he will not miss any additional time (whereas Sedin is expected to be sidelined the rest of the month due to injury).

The Islanders still could be undermanned, however, because a trio of defensemen missed the win over the Senators. Adam Pelech was out with an upper-body injury and is listed as day-to-day. Johnny Boychuk missed his seventh straight game with an upper-body. Travis Hamonic was on the outside looking in for a fourth straight contest because of a lower-body issue.

 

They’re going streaking
The Senators’ victory at San Jose on Monday gave them a two-game winning streak; and, yes, by their standards that is a steak. Ottawa had not won two in a row since Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 at the expense of Chicago and these same New York Islanders (via a 3-2 decision in overtime). This team has not won more than two straight since late November (a four-game surge from Nov. 19 through Nov. 25). The Sens trailed in the third period in each of the two contests during this current stretch.

”It’s nice for us to know that when we get down a goal or two we’re going to come back,” said Zack Smith, who scored a short-handed goal to tie San Jose with 5:31 remaining. ”It’s almost the mentality we had last year where you just know you will tie it up at some point in the third and see what happens in overtime.”

Leading scorer Mike Hoffman may be questionable after leaving Monday’s game when he crashed into a goal post. He is listed as day-to-day. Let's review the NHL odds & latest trends now:

 

New York Trends
3-1-1 Under in their last five overall
13-5-3 Under in their last 21 road games
4-1 Under in their last five trips to Ottawa

Ottawa Trends
4-0 Under in their last four home games
8-3 Under in their last 11 games against the Eastern Conference
6-0 Under in the last six meetings between the two teams

 

Betting Analysis
New York has allowed a total of just four regulation goals combined in its last three outings. At the same time, in their last three losses (which have come in he span of five games) the Islanders have lit the lamp a total of two times. As for Ottawa, its offense will not be helped by the fact that Hoffman is injured and will likely be either sidelined or playing at less than 100 percent. The under is 3-1-1 in the Islanders’ last five overall and 13-5-3 in their last 21 on the road. It is also 4-0 in the Senators’ last four at home, 8-3 in their last 11 against the East, 6-0 in the last six head-to-head meetings between these two teams, and 4-1 in New York’s last five visits to Ottawa. Check back later for the total, but this one should stay under for our NHL Picks.