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Game Preview: Islanders at Senators

The Islanders go for a third straight win when they visit the Senators (7 p.m., MSG+, MSG GO)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (13-7-2) AT OTTAWA SENATORS (8-7-6)

7 P.M. CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE

TV: MSG+ MSG GO

RADIO: 88.7FM, 103.9FM, AM970

GAME NOTES


Friday's 5-4 OT win over the Philadelphia Flyers was gutsy comeback effort for what's becoming a resilient and rolling New York Islanders team. 

The Islanders battled back from a 4-2 deficit heading into the third period, with Nick Leddy capping the comeback 2:44 into overtime. The Islanders have now won two straight games and five of their last six contests. The Islanders - who are the second-highest scoring team in the NHL - have scored four or more goals in all five of their recent wins. 

"Right now we have a lot of confidence in being able to score," said Andrew Ladd, who knocked in the game-tying goal at 12:11 of the third. "Any time we're down, I don't think there's much panic on the bench. We realize that with a good push we can get opportunities and it's just a matter of putting them in the back of the net." 

The Islanders are 6-3-1 in their last 10 visits to the Canadian capital. They'll play the Senators again on Dec. 1 in Brooklyn. 

Video: Leddy scores game-winner as Isles top Flyers in OT

LINEUP NOTES: 

Head Coach Doug Weight tends to split his goalies in back-to-back situations making Jaroslav Halak the likely starter for Saturday's game. 

BY THE NUMBERS: 

Nick Leddy is tied for second in goals (6) and third in points (18) among NHL defensemen. 

Mathew Barzal is tied for the rookie lead in points (22) and is first in assists (16). 

The Islanders power play is on a five-game scoring streak and are 6-for-20 over that span. 

Power play: Islanders 22.1% - 11th, Senators 16.3% - 24th 
Penalty kill: Islanders 79.7% - 16th, Senators 79.3% - 17th.

THE OPPOSITION: 

The Senators have lost five straight heading into Saturday's game, most recently falling 5-2 in Columbus on Friday night. The Senators are 0-3-2 since returning from the NHL Global Games in Sweden. 

The Senators made a major trade three weeks ago, acquiring Matt Duchene in a three-team trade that sent Kyle Turris to Nashville. Ottawa also sent goalie Andrew Hammond, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 third-round pick to Colorado in the trade. 

The transition to Ottawa hasn't been a smooth one for Duchene, who has zero points in seven games since joining the Sens. Duchene had 10 points (4G, 6A) in 14 games with Colorado prior to the trade. 

Mark Stone leads the Senators in goals (13) and points (22), while two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson leads the team with 16 points.

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