Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders, 7:00pm ET
Uniondale, NY — Nassau Coliseum — MSG+
The Islanders open up a four-game homestand tonight against the Ottawa Senators, the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. Ottawa won the first game at home in February, while the Islanders took the rematch 4-3 in a shootout at the Coliseum earlier this month. That win was the first in what has become a 5-1-1 streak for the Islanders thus far in March.
The Islanders enter tonight’s game in 10th place in the East, trailing the eighth place Jets by three points. They were leapfrogged by the ninth place Rangers last night, as the Rangers beat Carolina in overtime.
For the Senators, they’ve had a mediocre March with a 3-2-3 record thus far. They’re coming off two wins over the weekend against Buffalo and Winnipeg. Injuries have been the story for the Sens all year, as they’re missing Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza. It’s gotten worse lately, as Craig Anderson has been out since late February with an ankle injury. According to the Ottawa Citizen, winger Milan Michalek and rookie center David Dziurzynski will not travel with the team to Long Island. The Senators have had trouble scoring goals this year, ranked in the bottom five in goals for per game. Unlike the Islanders who have three players with 10+ goals, the Senators don’t have anyone with more than eight. However, they’re getting contributions from all over, as 20 different players have scored a goal this season for Ottawa.
Evgeni Nabokov will start in goal and lineups will be the same as Saturday night.