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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
New York Islanders

4-5-3 (11 points – 2nd in Metropolitan Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
2-2-0 road
Ottawa Senators
4-6-2 (10 points - 6th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
1-3-0 home
7:30 p.m.
Canadian Tire Centre
Ottawa, ONT
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
2012-13 season series (1-2-0)
The Islanders went 1-2-0 against Ottawa last season, dropping the last contest 5-3 at Nassau Coliseum. Josh Bailey (one goal, one assist) and Kyle Okposo (two assists) each had multi-point efforts as the Islanders took a 3-1 lead to the second intermission. Lubomir Visnovsky scored on the power play and the Islanders outshot the Senators 29-23, but four unanswered Senators goals in the third period sealed the contest. The teams will meet two more times in April.
Senators player to watch
Erik Karlsson - Defenseman

Karlsson is tied for the league lead among defensemen with 11 points (three goals, eight assists), including nine points in his last seven games. After missing most of the 2012-13 campaign to injury, the Landsbro, Sweden native has averaged 27:40 of ice time this season, good for third in the NHL. Karlsson took home the Norris Trophy, awarded to the league's top defenseman, after the 2011-12 season.

Islanders Storylines
• Frans Nielsen is tied for seventh in the NHL scoring race with 15 points (7g/8a). John Tavares is tied for 13th with 13 points (4g/9a).
• Newly-acquired left wing Thomas Vanek will play inhis 600th NHL game tonight. In 599 career NHL games (598 with Buffalo), Vanek has 497 points (254 goals, 243 assists).
• The Islanders have scored at least two goals in every game this season. Chicago and St. Louis are the only other teams to have done so.
The Matchup
25.6% (2nd)
81.1% (17th)

Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10

20.0 (17th)
84.2% (8th)

New York Islanders previous game lines
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Peter Regin - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
29 Brock Nelson - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey - 7 Matt Carkner
46 Matt Donovan - 4 Radek Martinek

20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Ottawa Senators previous game lines
9 Milan Michalek - 19 Jason Spezza - 6 Bobby Ryan
16 Clarke MacArthur - 7 Kyle Turris - 93 Mika Zibanejad
25 Chris Neil - 15 Zack Smith - 89 Cory Conacher
22 Erik Condra - 14 Colin Greening - 57 Derek Grant
2 Jared Cowen - 4 Chrip Phillips
3 Marc Methot - 65 Erik Karlsson
46 Patrick Wiercioch - 77 Joe Corvo

41 Craig Anderson
40 Robin Lehner
Quote Of The Day:

Islanders forward Peter Regin

"I expect Ottawa to come out hard. They've lost three in a row and I know from being there, it's not a place where they accept losing. It's going to be special going into a rink where I lived and trained every day for four years. I'm excited to go there and to get the two points would be really special."

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