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Preview: Islanders at Senators

Goalie Craig Anderson will return for Ottawa; New York tries to extend point streak to four games

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (24-18-10) at SENATORS (28-18-6)

1 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, MSG+, NHL.TV


Islanders team scope

The New York Islanders will be trying to extend their point streak to four games against the Ottawa Senators. The Islanders are 2-0-1 in their past three games, 7-1-2 since Doug Weight replaced Jack Capuano as coach and 8-1-2 in their past 11 games. The Islanders are two points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card out of the Eastern Conference and have four games in hand on Boston. Goaltender Thomas Greiss made 34 saves in a 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, when the Islanders overcame a slow start. "We played with a lot of character," said forward Casey Cizikas, who scored his sixth goal of the season. "Our defense gets a lot of credit and Greisser as usual. They blocked a lot of pucks today, they boxed out, they got pucks to the forwards quickly, they played an outstanding game."


Senators team scope

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, who returned Jan. 30 from a leave of absence to be with wife, Nicholle, while she underwent cancer treatment, will start for the first time since Dec. 5 , an 8-5 loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins. Mike Condon will dress as his backup. Anderson is 12-6-1 with a 2.46 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and three shutouts. "He had done enough in practice to feel like he had enough game situations," coach Guy Boucher said Saturday. "We practiced power play (Friday), which is one thing we hadn't done yet with him. After the practice he told the goalie coach he was feeling good and we'd talk again after he got undressed. We got together and it was clear, 'I'm ready, let's go." Boucher will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen, as he did in a 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars on Thursday. The Senators, 2-3-1 in their past six games, are in second place in the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs with a game in hand.


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Ryan Strome

Andrew Ladd -- Alan Quine -- Jason Chimera

Shane Prince -- Casey Cizikas -- Nikolay Kulemin

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Hickey -- Adam Pelech

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Thomas Greiss

Jean-Francois Berube

Scratched: Stephen Gionta, Scott Mayfield

Injured: Cal Clutterbuck (lower body), Mikhail Grabovski (concussion), Travis Hamonic (lower body)


Senators projected lineup

Zack Smith -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel -- Kyle Turris -- Bobby Ryan

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Tommy Wingels -- Chris Kelly

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Fredrik Claesson

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Chris Neil, Curtis Lazar, Andrew Hammond

Injured: Clarke MacArthur (concussion)


Status report

Neil will be a scratch for the fifth time in the past seven games, Lazar for the fourth time in six games.


Who's hot

Strome has two goals and five assists in a five-game point streak. Bailey has three goals and three assists in his past four games. Nelson has three goals and three assists in his past five games. Lee has five goals and nine assists in his past 11 games. … Karlsson has a goal and four assists in his past five games. Stone has three goals and two assists in his past five games.

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