NHL Betting: Ottawa Senators To Make Philly Look Silly


New York Islanders vs Nashville Predators

Nashville play the New York Islanders for the second and final time this season looking to do the double on the back of a home 3-2 result a month to the day ago.

I'm not sure anyone knows quite what to make of the Predators at the moment as they followed up road successes against two very strong LA and Colorado sides with consecutive 5-0 thrashings by current playoff outsiders Winnipeg and New Jersey.

Plenty of it has to do with the rotation of their goaltenders whilst Pekka Rinne remains unavailable, Carter Hutton starting but not necessarily finishing those two recent blowouts. It's not an area the Isles have impressed in either to be fair thanks to Evgeni Nabokov's struggles as his stats rank amongst the lowest for starting netminders throughout the league, in front of him the penalty kill is a glaring Achilles heel.

An over reliance on John Tavares is creeping back into their offence too, as a team New York have only scored six in four and their skipper has actively contributed to five of them. Seeing as both sides are very much out of sorts I think Nashville can be considered good value out at 2.90.

 

Ottawa Senators vs Philadelphia Flyers

The Ottawa Senators are likely to build on a brief upturn in form at home to the lowly Philadelphia Flyers, Bobby Ryan and Erik Karlsson have led the Sens to three clear victories in the past seven days.

Philly only have one win against teams above the Sens in the standings, and it took a matchup with the NHL's bottom club Edmonton for them to break a four game streak in which they could manage no more than a single goal.

Despite the four tallies on Saturday they are still ranked bottom in goals for per game and there's some deep problems in both even strength and powerplay situations. An ideal chance for Craig Anderson to return between the pipes for Ottawa then, though when healthy the goalie has been way down on last season's incredible numbers, Robin Lehner can consider himself slightly unfortunate to drop out after steadying the ship incredibly well last week.

It's for from a damaging substitution in the grand scheme of things for the Senators so still back them at 2.00.

Best Bet: Ottawa Senators to win at 2.00.