Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Ottawa Senators
|New York Islanders
13-12-3 (29 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
15-8-6 (36 points - 3rd in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
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.
•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.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders projected lines
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
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Ottawa Senators projected lines
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
46 Patrick Wiercioch - 55 Sergei Gonchar
4 Chris Phillips - 61 Andre Benoit
3 Marc Methot - 62 Eric Gryba
40 Robin Lehner
30 Ben Bishop
|What's Happening At The Coliseum
•Doors Open at 5:45pm