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Preview: Senators at Islanders

Ottawa awaits first-round playoff opponent; New York prepares for offseason

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

SENATORS (44-27-10) at ISLANDERS (40-29-12)

5 p.m. ET; MSG+, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV


Senators team scope

The Ottawa Senators have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but head into their regular-season finale not knowing who they will face in the Eastern Conference First Round. If the Toronto Maple Leafs get a point in their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, the Senators will play the Maple Leafs in the first round. Otherwise, the Senators, who clinched second place in the Atlantic Division with a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers on Saturday, will play the Boston Bruins. "For us to come in [Saturday] and just keep pressing … it's a good feeling to know that you're going into the playoffs playing good hockey," forward Mark Stone said. "We're a little bit undermanned for those last couple of games and we were able to find a way. Looks like we're going to get some guys back heading into the playoffs, so we're pretty confident with the way we're going. We've got home ice, so we're happy to start here." Defenseman Erik Karlsson will miss his third straight game with a lower-body injury, but said Saturday he expects to be ready for the start of the playoffs.


Islanders team scope

The New York Islanders, who are playing their season finale, were eliminated from playoff contention when the Maple Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Saturday. The Islanders learned their fate about an hour after they defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2 for their fifth straight win. "All we wanted was to give ourselves a chance and we gave ourselves that," forward Jason Chimera told Newsday before Toronto's victory. New York will miss the playoffs for the seventh time in the past 10 seasons.

Senators projected lineup

Mike Hoffman -- Kyle Turris -- Mark Stone

Viktor Stalberg -- Derick Brassard -- Alexandre Burrows

Ryan Dzingel -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Clarke MacArthur -- Chris Kelly -- Tommy Wingels

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Fredrik Claesson -- Ben Harpur

Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Mike Condon

Matthew O'Connor

Scratched: Colin White, Jyrki Jokipakka, Christopher DiDomenico, Chris Neil

Injured: Erik Karlsson (lower body), Zack Smith (upper body), Marc Methot (finger), Bobby Ryan (upper body)


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Anthony Beauvillier -- Joshua Ho-Sang

Thomas Hickey -- Brock Nelson -- Josh Bailey

Andrew Ladd -- Alan Quine -- Jason Chimera

Nikolay Kulemin -- Stephen Gionta -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Calvin de Haan -- Dennis Seidenberg

Adam Pelech -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube

Injured: Casey Cizikas (upper body), Travis Hamonic (upper body), Shane Prince (lower body), Ryan Strome (upper body), John Tavares (lower body)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate Sunday. … With second place in the Atlantic Division wrapped up, Craig Anderson, Stone, Stalberg, Turris, Hoffman and Phaneuf may all rest Sunday, according to the Ottawa Citizen.


Who's hot

Hoffman has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games. … Turris has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past nine games. … Lee has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past four games, including two goals on Saturday to give him 33 this season, an NHL career high. … Halak is 5-1-0 with nine goals allowed and one shutout in his past six games since being recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

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