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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 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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