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Game Preview: Islanders at Senators

The Islanders go for a sixth-straight win when they take on Ottawa (7:30 p.m., MSG+2)

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The Islanders are riding a five-game winning streak after defeating the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Thursday night at NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum. The Isles had goals from Derick Brassard, Josh Bailey, Anders Lee and Scott Mayfield. Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves. The Islanders travel to Ottawa for their second back-to-back set of the season. 

The Senators are 2-6-1 to start the season and open a three-game homestand on Oct. 25 against the Islanders. Ottawa is coming off of a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 23. Chris Tierney, Mark Borowiecki, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Anthony Duclair (2G) scored for Ottawa. Anders Nilsson made 34 saves. 


- Barry Trotz did not offer any official lineup updates, but there will likely be changes, as the coach was planning to work in different players during the Islanders' stretch of three games in four nights. Trotz said to expect the lines to be put in the blender. 

- That said, Thomas Greiss is expected to start as the Isles have rotated goalies early this season. 

- Former Islander Anders NIlsson will start in goal for the Senators, who are going with the same lineup from their win against Detroit on Wednesday. 

Tweet from @NYIslanders: "To me the back-to-backs aren't physical, they're just mental. Guys will tell you that sometimes you feel better the second night." - Coach Trotz ahead of tonight's game in Ottawa.

-   The Islanders jumped into a tie for third in the Metropolitan Division with 12 points (6-3-0) after Thursday's win.

-   The Islanders are riding a five-game winning streak. Three of the wins (Florida, St. Louis and Columbus) have come in overtime/shootout, where the Isles are a perfect 3-0 this season. 

-   Casey Cizikas returned to the lineup for the first time in five games after suffering a lower-body injury. Cizikas rejoined the Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck and logged 14:10 time on ice, was 60% on faceoffs and laid three hits on the Coyotes. 

-   #Brocktober continues. Nelson overtook the Isles leaderboard with nine points (4G, 5A) through eight games this season.

-   Bailey scored his fourth goal of the season and has eight points through nine games. 

-   Mathew Barzal is riding a four-game point streak. Barzal has four goals over that span and is tied with Nelson for the team lead in goals (four) and has seven points through nine games.  

-   Derick Brassard and Scott Mayfield scored their first goals of the season. Brassard has two points (1G, 1A). Mayfield has two points (1G, 1A). 

-   Head Coach Barry Trotz has split the pipes evenly between Varlamov and Thomas Greiss this season. Varlamov has a record of 3-1-0 in his five games played, a goals against average of 2.21 and a save percentage of .930. Greiss has posted a goals against average of 2.43 and a save percentage of .921. 

-   The Islanders power play is ranked third in the league at 30.8%. 

-   The Isles penalty kill went 3-for-3 against the Coyotes and is 77.3% this season. 

-   The Islanders were 11-1-1 in the second half of back-to-backs last season.


-   The Islanders won all three contests against the Senators last season. The Isles doubled the Senators up 6-3 on Dec. 28, 2018 as Barzal scored twice. On March 5, the Isles topped Ottawa 5-4 in a shootout and beat them 4-2 on March 8. 

-   The Isles have won four straight games against Ottawa, as well as their last three trips to Ottawa. 

- Derick Brassard played a season and a half for the Senators from 2016-18, recording 77 points (32G, 45A). 

- Senators Goaltender Anders Nilsson played two seasons with the Islanders (2011-12, 2013-14), appearing in 23 games. 


-   Ottawa is ranked last in the Atlantic Division with five points (2-6-1). 

-   J.C. Beaudin and Logan Brown made their NHL debuts against Detroit. Beaudin, the 22-year-old center had one shot and logged 6:39 minutes of time on ice. Brown, the 21-year-old center was minus-one and logged 12:09 time on ice. 

-   Vladislav Namestnikov leads the Senators scoreboard with seven points (4G, 3A) in seven games. The 26-year-old center was dealt to the Senators from the Rangers on Oct. 7 in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft. 

-   Thomas Chabot (1G, 6A) and Connor Brown (0G, 7A) are tied with Namestnikov with seven points. 

-   The Senators have been outscored 31-19 this season. 

-   Ottawa's power play is ranked last in the league with a percentage of 3.7%. Ottawa's penalty kill is ranked 10th in the league with a kill percentage of 82.5%.

-   Craig Anderson and Nilsson have split the pipes this season. In five games played, Anderson has posted a goals against average of 3.25 and a save percentage of .935. In four games played, Nilsson has registered a 2.73 goals against average and a .895 save percentage. 

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