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New York goes for sixth straight victory; Ottawa has lost four of five

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

ISLANDERS (6-3-0) at SENATORS (2-6-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, MSG+2, NHL.TV


The Game

The New York Islanders will try for their sixth consecutive victory when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.

The Islanders have outscored opponents 16-9 during the winning streak after starting the season 1-3-0.

Goalie Thomas Greiss is expected to start for New York, which is playing the second of back-to-back games. Semyon Varlamov made 21 saves in a 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday.

Backup Anders Nilsson will start for the Senators, who are 1-3-1 in their past five games. Nilsson is 1-1-1 with a .955 save percentage in his past three starts.


Players to watch

Islanders center Mathew Barzal has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past five games.

Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot has five points (one goal, four assists) during a four-game point streak.


They said it

"Winning is fun. We just have to keep this thing going." -- Islanders forward Derick Brassard

"They're physical, they're really good in the [offensive] zone, certainly their top line is as dangerous as any. Barzal poses serious problems. They have an active defense. They've got a really good hockey team and they're really well coached." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on the Islanders


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Derick Brassard -- Brock Nelson -- Anthony Beauvillier

Michael Dal Colle -- Cole Bardreau -- Oliver Wahlstrom

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Thomas Greiss

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Noah Dobson, Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl

Injured: Leo Komarov (illness), Jordan Eberle (lower body), Andrew Ladd (knee)


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Bobby Ryan

Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Tyler Ennis -- J.C. Beaudin -- Scott Sabourin

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Anders Nilsson

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Cody Goloubef

Injured: Colin White (groin, hip flexor), Artem Anisimov (lower body)


Status report

Komarov did not make the trip to Ottawa. Coach Barry Trotz said he's hoping Komarov will be available to play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. … Smith said he'll stay with the same lineup he used in a 5-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.


Stat pack

The Islanders are third in the NHL on the power play at 30.8 percent but have had a League-low 13 opportunities in nine games. … Nilsson has faced 133 shots in his past three starts.

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