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New York has won six of seven; Ottawa on season-long five-game losing streak

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

ISLANDERS (13-7-2) at SENATORS (8-7-6)

7 p.m. ET; (CITY, MSG+, NHL.TV).


The Game

The New York Islanders will look to win for the sixth time in their past seven games (5-1-0) when they play the Ottawa Senators, who are on a season-long five-game losing streak (0-4-1), at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

The Senators have lost three straight in regulation for the first time under Guy Boucher, who was named coach May 8, 2016.

Each team is playing the second of a back-to-back games. The Senators ended a 0-3-0 road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4, in overtime Friday.

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak will get his third start in the Islanders' past nine games.


Players to watch

Islanders rookie forward Mathew Barzal has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in his past 13 games.

Senators forward Matt Duchene has no points and is a minus-10 in seven games since being acquired in a trade from the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 5.


They said it

"You know they are going to be hungry and desperate for a win. These teams obviously become very dangerous." -- Islanders forward John Tavares

"There's nothing good about the road trip and I'd be lying if I said there was. We have to find a way to re-energize and regroup." -- Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- John Tavares -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Mathew Barzal -- Jordan Eberle

Brock Nelson -- Alan Quine -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Jason Chimera -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk 

Calvin De Haan -- Adam Pelech

Thomas Hickey -- Scott Mayfield

Jaroslav Halak

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Dennis Seidenberg, Ryan Pulock, Anthony Beauvillier

Injured: Shane Prince (lower body), Nikolay Kulemin (upper body)


Senators projected lineup

Tom Pyatt -- Matt Duchene -- Bobby Ryan

Ryan Dzingel -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Alexandre Burrows

Nick Paul  -- Nate Thompson -- Gabriel Dumont

Dion Phaneuf -- Erik Karlsson

Fredrik Claesson -- Cody Ceci

Johnny Oduya -- Thomas Chabot

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Ben Harpur

Injured: Zack Smith (thumb), Chris Wideman (groin), Mark Borowiecki (concussion)


Status report

The Islanders had an optional morning skate. … Beauvillier will be scratched for the second time in the past seven games in favor of Quine, who will play his fifth game of the season. … Smith, who has missed six games because of a dislocated thumb, could play for the Senators. … The Senators did not skate Saturday morning.


Stat pack

The Senators power play is 0-for-18 since scoring in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche in Stockholm on Nov. 11. …  Tavares has 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists) in his past 15 games. … Karlsson has no points in five games after having 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in a seven-game point streak.

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