ISLANDERS (13-7-2) at SENATORS (8-7-6)
7 p.m. ET; (CITY, MSG+, NHL.TV).
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
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
Scratched: Ben Harpur
Injured: Zack Smith (thumb), Chris Wideman (groin), Mark Borowiecki (concussion)
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.
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.