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Game Preview: Islanders at Senators

The Islanders bring a five-game point streak to Ottawa.

Wednesday, 04.02.2014 / 12:00 AM / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Senators
The Islanders bring a five-game point streak to Ottawa. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

New York Islanders
30-35-10 (70 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
17-17-2 road
Ottawa Senators
32-29-14 (78 points - 6th in Atlantic Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
16-15-6 home
7:00  p.m.
Canadian Tire Centre
Kanata, ON

Television:
MSG PLUS
Play-by-play:
Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King; Color: Greg Picker
Islanders Storylines
• Road Islanders: The Islanders are 13-4-2 in their last 19 road games.
Bailey's 400th: Josh Bailey will play his 400th career NHL regular season game tonight. Bailey has 170 points (65G, 105A) in 399 career games. 
• Last Five: The Isles are 4-0-1 in their last five games.

• Halmo's First: Mike Halmo scored his first-career goal Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers. 
Senators Storylines
• Team Leaders:
Erik Karlsson leads the Senators in assists (50) and points (70), while Kyle Turris leads the Senators with 25 goals.
Ryan Out: Bobby Ryan will miss the rest of the season with a sports hernia.  
Playoff Push: The Senators are five points back of the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final Wild Card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Islanders player to watch
Josh Bailey - Forward

Josh Bailey will hit a milestone tonight, as he plays his 400th career NHL game. Bailey played all 399 (regular season) games over six seasons with the Islanders after making his debut on Nov. 11, 2008. The Bowmanville, ON, native is currently skating on the Islanders top line with Frans Nielsen and Anders Lee and has four points (one goal, three assists) in his last four games. Bailey has posted a career-high 24 assists this season. 
Senators player to watch
Kyle Turris - Forward

Kyle Turris is the NHL’s reigning first star of the week, scoring seven points (four goals, three assists) while leading the Senators to a 3-0-1 record in a critical four-game stretch. The New Westminster, BC native leads the Senators with 25 goals in a breakout campaign where he set new career-highs in goals, assists (30) and points (55). Turris had his four-game point streak end Monday against Carolina.
2013-14 season series (1-0-0)

The Islanders took the lone meeting between the teams this season, winning 5-4 – via shootout – in Ottawa on Nov. 1. The Islanders poured a season-high 57 shots on goal and rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat the Senators in the shootout. Frans Nielsen scored the game-tying and-deciding goals. 

LAST GAME: 
Nov. 1, 2013: NYI 5, OTT 4 SO - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.4% (21st)
77.7% (29th)
206
244
6-3-1


 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Senators
18.4% (14th)
80.6% (23rd)
218
250
4-4-2
       
 
  
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
56 John Persson 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
– 
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
43 Mike Halmo – 53 Casey Cizikas – 28 Johan Sundstrom

Defensemen

44 Calvin de Haan 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey 24 Kevin Czuczman
46 Matt Donovan 7 Matt Carkner
  
Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
45 Anders Nilsson
Ottawa Senators previous game lines
Forwards
16 Clarke MacArthur - 7 Kyle Turris - 61 Mark Stone
9 Milan Michalek - 93 Mika Zibanejad - 83 Ales Hemsky
68 Mike Hoffman - 15 Zack Smith - 25 Chris Neil
28 Matt Kassian - 44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau - 22 Erik Condra

Defensemen
3 Marc Methot - 65 Erik Karlsson
4 Chris Phillips - 62 Eric Gryba
46 Patrick Wiercioch - 5 Cody Ceci

Goaltenders
40 Robin Lehner
41 Craig Anderson

Quote of the Day:
Matt Martin on the Islanders 4-0-1 streak:
Lately, it’s been coming together pretty nicely. In a lot of ways… this is pretty well our team for next season. It’s good that we are gelling, that everyone’s producing and playing good hockey right now.

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 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
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 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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