|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NHL The Ottawa Senators face off against the New York Islanders on the road, Thursday night, January 13, 2011 at 7:00PM EST. Ottawa is 16-21-6 and New York 13-21-7 going into the game. This will be the second time the two teams have met this season, the first being a November 4th matchup with the Senators hosted the Islanders at Scotiabank Place and were victorious with a 4-1 final score. The Senators have won 4 of the last 5 games against New York. But unfortunately the Senators are in the middle of the biggest losing streak of the season. They have enlisted the help of some minor leaguers to try and shake this loss. Corey Locke and Robin Lehner will be on the ice for the Islanders game. Locke, a centre who leads the American Hockey League with 55 points, will make his debut for his third NHL team. He failed to register a point in one game with Montreal in 2007-08, and three with the New York Rangers in 2009-10. Locke spent the 2008-09 season in the Minnesota organization but never appeared in a regular-season game for the Wild. Lehner will be in the net for his first career start, and Ottawa has their fingers crossed that this is just what they need to keep 6 in a row from turning into 7. They have been outscored 24-7 in this 0-4-2 slump. With two shut outs, and no more than 2 goals in four games, they aren’t looking super strong for the matchup with New York.
Sports Book lists the Islanders as the minus 1.5 point favorites with the total over under at 5.5.
The Islanders have some power in the net with young up and coming goalie Kevin Poulin who was taken in the 5th round in ’09. He has filled in for Rick DiPietro since his January 3rd injury. Poulin is 1-0-1 in the net, stopping 48 of 51 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss to Vancouver on Tuesday. Poulin became the first goalie under the age of 21 to face 51 shots in an NHL game since Dan Blackburn did it for the Rangers on Nov. 23, 2001. NHL betting tip: he is also the first goalie under the age of 21 to make at least 48 saves in an NHL game since in more than 22 years. … The 92 shots in the Canucks-Isles game (51 by Vancouver, 41 by New York) were the most in a game in the League this season.