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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators

Tuesday, 03.19.2013 / 12:00 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators
Islanders begin four-game home stand against Ottawa
New York Islanders
13-12-3 (29 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
5-8-2 home
Ottawa Senators
15-8-6 (36 points - 3rd in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
5-7-3 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-1-0)
The Islanders are 1-1-0 against the Senators this season, with the home team winning each matchup. The last time the teams met on March 3, Ottawa tied the game with a minute left in regulation but the Isles prevailed in the shootout behind goals from Frans Nielsen and John Tavares. Evgeni Nabokov stopped both Senators shootout attempts to start March off of the right foot for the Isles.

Mar. 3, 2013: NYI 3, OTT 2 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Senators player to watch
Sergei Gonchar - Defense

The Chelyabinsk, Russia native has stepped up in Erik Karlsson's absence, and has assists in seven straight games (10 assists total). The 18-year veteran is tied for second on the team with 17 points (one goal, 16 assists), and has experience playing in all situations throughout his 1158-game NHL career.
 
 
Islanders Storylines
•The Islanders are 5-1-1 in March, and have points in seven in the last eight games.
•The Islanders are 9-2-3 when scoring first and 8-1-1 when leading after two periods.
•Brad Boyes has goals in three straight games, and nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last six games.
•Evgeni Nabokov is 9-3-2 since Feb. 14.
 
The Matchup
Islanders
23.8% (24/101)
80.8% (76/94)
83
91
5-3-2
   
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games
    
Senators
20.0% (19/95)
88.7% (94/106)
72
62
4-2-4
   
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
53 Casey Cizikas – 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin - 16 Marty Reasoner - 36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Ottawa Senators projected lines
Forwards
33 Jakob Silfverberg - 7 Kyle Turris - 14 Colin Greening
73 Guillaume Latendresse - 15 Zack Smith - 11 Daniel Alfredsson
25 Chris Neil - 93 Mike Zibanejad - 22 Erik Condra
28 Matt Kassian - 13 Peter Regin - 18 Jim O'Brien

Defensemen
46 Patrick Wiercioch - 55 Sergei Gonchar
4 Chris Phillips - 61 Andre Benoit
3 Marc Methot - 62 Eric Gryba

Goaltenders
40 Robin Lehner
30 Ben Bishop

What's Happening At The Coliseum

•Doors Open at 5:45pm
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
FourSquare Offer: Check into Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (first 50 receive free gift)
Team Store Offer: If you catch a t-shirt shot from the ice, you’ll receive a coupon good for $10 off a $50 or more purchase
50/50 Raffle
Chuck-A-Puck

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 11 8 2 1 29 29 17
2 TBL 11 7 3 1 38 29 15
3 DET 10 6 2 2 27 21 14
4 PIT 9 6 2 1 36 22 13
5 OTT 9 5 2 2 26 22 12
6 NYI 10 6 4 0 35 36 12
7 NJD 10 5 3 2 30 34 12
8 BOS 12 6 6 0 32 30 12
9 TOR 10 5 4 1 29 26 11
10 NYR 9 5 4 0 27 30 10
11 WSH 9 4 3 2 27 23 10
12 PHI 10 4 4 2 32 36 10
13 FLA 8 3 2 3 12 17 9
14 CBJ 10 4 6 0 26 34 8
15 BUF 11 2 8 1 13 36 5
16 CAR 8 0 6 2 15 33 2

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Nelson 10 6 6 3 12
J. Tavares 10 4 8 -4 12
K. Okposo 10 3 8 -3 11
F. Nielsen 10 4 4 3 8
J. Boychuk 10 2 6 4 8
R. Strome 10 0 7 4 7
M. Grabovski 7 3 3 3 6
N. Kulemin 10 1 5 2 6
N. Leddy 10 3 2 4 5
J. Bailey 7 2 2 2 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Johnson 3 1 0 .870 3.46
J. Halak 3 3 0 .889 3.51

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