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New York Islanders @ Ottawa Senators - game preview

The Islanders look to keep winning ways against Sens who have lost four straight

Friday, 02.3.2012 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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New York Islanders @ Ottawa Senators - game preview
Check back after morning media availabilty for lineups. Click here for the expected lines.

Senators (Expected) Lineups
Forwards: Condra-Spezza-Michalek; Foligno-Turris-Alfredsson; Greening-Smith-Neil; Daugavins-Konopka-Butler

Defensemen:
Kuba-Karlsson; Cowen-Gonchar; Phillips-Carkner

Goaltenders:
Anderson, Auld

Team Record: 20-22-7
Last Game: 5-2 W @ CAR
Season Series: 0-0-0 of 4
Team Record: 27-20-6
Last Game: 4-3 L @ BOS
Season Series: 0-0-0 of 4
Mark Eaton
The Islanders defenseman is playing in his 600th career NHL game, a career milestone. Eaton enters the contest with 23 goals and 60 assists in a career that has seen him suit up for the Flyers, Predators, Penguins and Islanders.

At 34, the veteran defenseman has played 60 playoff games, including 24 in 2008-09 en route to a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh. Those experiences have benefited the young Isles d-corps and defensive prospects. This season, Eaton has two assists in 34 games.
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Daniel Alfredsson
The Senators All-Star captain has enjoyed a healthy comeback season this year. After posting 31 points in 54 games in 2010-11, Alfredsson has already surpassed that mark with 39 points (17g/22a) in 47 games this season.

His goals and assists are up and his shot clocks in at 101.3 mph according to last weekends All-Star Skills Competition. The NHL’s current longest-serving captain (12 years) also has great hockey sense, drafting John Tavares to Team Alfredsson in the 2012 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft
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First look at Senators: In their 50th outing of the season, the Islanders play their first game against the Senators and now will have seen every Eastern Conference team. The Sens are sixth in the East, powered by defensive points leader Erik Karlsson and center Jason Spezza, who is enjoying a turnaround campaign. After not playing each other in the first four months of the season, these teams play three times in February.

Tavares First Star of the Month: John Tavares closed out January with his third four point night of the season against the Carolina Hurricanes and effectively sealed the NHL’s First Star of the Month award. Tavares led all players with 22 points (9g/13a) in 13 games, scoring in all but one game. He lifted the Isles to a 7-5-1 record, netting four game-winners. Tavares also put together a league-best 12-game scoring streak.

Special Teams: The Islanders hold a considerable advantage in special teams play heading into Ottawa. Both the power play and penalty kill are inside the NHL’s top 10 and have been clicking of late. The Isles fifth ranked power play scored two goals in their last game against Carolina and look to take advantage of Ottawa’s No. 20 PK.

Don’t get too comfortable: The Senators have been a resilient bunch this season, having won six games when trailing after two periods. They’ve spotted teams early leads only to steal them back, winning nine games when down after the first 20 minutes. The Sens have 71 third-period goals, so the Isles will need to play a full 60 to preserve a win in Ottawa.
The Islanders beat the Senators 4-3 in a shootout at Scotiabank Place Feb. 15, 2011. Nathan Lawson stopped 28 shots in regulation and two in the shootout for his first career NHL win. Frans Nielsen scored the game-decider in the shootout after Erik Karlsson forced overtime with 4:04 remaining in the third. Michael Grabner scored a short-handed tally while Josh Bailey and Blake Comeau rounded out the scoring for the Isles. The Senators power play went 2-5, with Bobby Butler and Ryan Shannon lighting the lamp.


Click the photo for gallery from last game.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
Katic 9/24 Shoulder 49 out indef. (IR)
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 13 10 weeks
Mottau 12/30 Concussion 14 No timetbl. (IR)
Reasoner 1/6 Broken hand 11 No timetbl. (IR)
Islanders
Power play %: 20.26%
Penalty kill %: 84.46%
Home record: 11-11-4
Road record: 9-11-3
Goals For: 120
Goals Against: 145
Senators
Power play %: 17.32%
Penalty kill %: 81.52%
Home record: 14-9-1
Road record: 13-11-5
Goals For: 160
Goals Against: 164

Jack Capuano on the Islanders first power play unit: "It’s been a bright spot for our team and it comes from hard work. That’s what the power play is. They’re putting four new guys on the ice every 20-25 seconds and you have to outwork the penalty killing unit and that’s what we’ve been able to do. There’s good hockey sense on the ice with those five guys.”

Author: Cory Wright

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
11 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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