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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Senators

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

New York Islanders

31-36-11 (73 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
13-18-9 home
Ottawa Senators
33-31-14 (80 points - 6th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
17-14-8 road
7:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
• Gallant Recalled: Brett Gallant earned his first NHL call up on Monday. Johan Sundstrom was returned to Bridgeport.
• Final Home Game:
Tonight is the Isles home finale, as they finish the season with three road games.
• Nielsen: Frans Nielsen, having a career year (24g, 29a) is one point away from 250 career points.
• Dubielewicz Anniversary:
Today is the seven-year anniversary of Wade Dubielewicz's poke check that helped the Islanders clinch a spot in the 2007 playoffs.

Senators Storylines
• Team Leaders:
Erik Karlsson leads the Senators with 51 assists and 71 points, while Kyle Turris leads the Senators with 25 goals and a plus-21 rating.
Playoff Hopes: The Senators are seven points back of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot with four games to play. The Senators need all four wins to have a shot at making the playoffs.
Last 10: The Senators are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. The Senators beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in their most recent outing on Saturday. 
Islanders player to watch
Kevin Czuczman - Defense

Fresh out of the NCAA, Kevin Czuczman has made an immediate contribution with the Islanders, as the team is 5-2-2 with the rookie defenseman. The Port Elgin, ON, native's steady play has been rewarded, as Czuczman is averaging 19:26 TOI per game. Czuczman was paired with Travis Hamonic in the absence of Calvin de Haan and skated over 22:00 TOI Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.  
Senators player to watch
Clarke MacArthur - Forward

Clarke MacArthur is having a stellar first season with the Senators, scoring 24 goals and 31 assists playing primarily with Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan. MacArthur’s 24 goals are a career-high, as is his plus-12 rating. The Lloydminster, AB native has one goal in two games against the Islanders this season. MacArthur is eight points shy of setting a new career high.

2013-14 season series (2-0-0)

The Islanders are 2-0-0 against the Senators this season, taking both meetings at Canadian Tire Centre. In their most recent outing, Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas each scored while Ryan Strome had two assists in a 2-1 Islanders win.

The Matchup
17.0% (20th)
77.6% (29th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
18.0% (15th)
80.5% (24th)
New York Islanders previous game lines
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


24 Kevin Czuczman 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey 7 Matt Carkner
46 Matt Donovan 42 Scott Mayfield
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Ottawa Senators previous game lines
16 Clarke MacArthur 7 Kyle Turris 61 Mark Stone
9 Milan Michalek
19 Jason Spezza 83 Ales Hemsky
15 Zack Smith
93 Mika Zibanejad 25 Chris Neil
68 Mike Hoffman
44 Jean-Gabriel Pageau 22 Erik Condra

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

40 Robin Lehner
41 Craig Anderson
What's Happening at the Coliseum:
5:00PM lower lobby opens
5:45pm Doors Open
Charity of the Game – Kick 4 Celiac
Islanders Community Service Award presented
Islander of the Year presented
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