The Ottawa Senators make the short trip to Brooklyn following a win in Manhattan against the Rangers last night. It was an impressive showing by the Senators, as they poured it on for a 6-2 win. The Rangers were sloppy throughout the evening and paid for it against a scrappy Ottawa team. Following wins over the Lightning and Predators, the Rangers had their small win streak get snapped by the Senators of all teams. In any event, take any team in this league lightly and that’s going to be the end result.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau was the big winner of the night, as he netted 2 goals to lead the Senators’ offence. The Senators are good for games like that in spots, but it doesn’t happen consistently enough to warrant much confidence. There is still a lot of room for the Senators to grow. They’re still a young team that is depending on positive strides. Ottawa enter Brooklyn with a record of 3-8-1 following the win last night. Despite a win on Monday night, the Sens are last in the NHL with 7 points.
The victory at Madison Square Garden was the very first win of the season for the Senators on the road. They were unsuccessful in four straight road games before ending the slump against the Rangers. While it was a nice effort by the Senators, part of that win has to go to the Rangers’ effort.
They show up and give the same effort they gave against the Lightning and Preds, then we might be talking about a different game. The Senators are in a tough spot tonight, as they get a back-to-back having played in Boston on Saturday and then Manhattan a night ago. We’ll see if they can carryover some momentum with them from last night against the Isles. The Islanders have been on a tear with a nine-game win streak going into Tuesday. They can make it a ten-game streak with a victory in this one. Head below for our free Senators vs. Islanders pick.
Ottawa Senators vs. N.Y. Islanders Pick
The Islanders started the season out a bit topsy-turvy, but have put their foot down on the gas pedal in their previous nine games. It’s been a massive tear for the Isles, who go into Tuesday with a record of 10-3-0. The Islanders have been getting a total team effort out of their team. This isn’t just a one-man show for the Isles. There’s ample depth on this roster which should be enough to prove that this run they’re on isn’t a fluke.
Mathew Barzal is really becoming a major threat for the Islanders, though. He is improving on what were a couple of nice seasons for the youngster as a rookie and sophomore. Barzal appears ready to take the next step and take over as the go-to player. He is tied with Josh Bailey with 11 points. Brock Nelson is also in double digits with 10 points on the season.
If their offence can continue to show signs of strides forward, the Isles are going to be a tough out with an already stout defensive unit. They rode their defence last season to the playoffs, and are on pace to do the same thing with a strong blue line. The Islanders are 3rd in the NHL with 2.23 goals yielded per game. During their nine-game win streak, they’ve allowed more than 2 goals only once. It equates to an average of just 1.7 goals allowed per contest.
Despite the flurry of goals for the Senators last night, they’ve logged just 2 goals per game on the road this season. You could argue that they are set for a bit of regression against a difficult Islanders’ defence on Tuesday. Their defensive issues have been well-documented as well. Ottawa have surrendered 3.8 goals per game as opposed to only 2 allowed per game at home for the Isles. The Sens have allowed a whopping total of 40 shots per game.
Anders Nilsson was between the pipes Monday night, so the job will go to Craig Anderson this evening. Anderson owns a 3.09 GAA and 0.90 save percentage in eight appearances. He has an abysmal 4.74 GAA and 0.86 save percentage on the road. With the Isles scoring at least 4 goals in their previous five meetings against the Sens, it can’t mean good news for Anderson here. The Islanders have thoroughly controlled the Senators in recent memory, with five straight wins 7-1 in their previous eight contests. Expect a letdown for the Islanders in Brooklyn tonight.