The 10th place New York Islanders host the 5th place Ottawa Senators Tuesday, 7:00 PM at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. New York (13-12-3) is starting a four game home stand, and they look to start it off well with a win against the Sens. They have currently won two straight, and four of their last six.
Ottawa (15-8-6) has won two straight, and has been proving the entire league wrong. Ever since the injuries to their main stars (yes, they’re all still out) Ottawa has been looked at as a team that will eventually fall out of a playoff spot. They currently have won two straight as well, and we are starting to see some great chemistry between the Captain Daniel Alfredsson, and Kyle Turris.
The last time these two teams played, New York won in a shootout, with John Tavares using the one hand on the stick move to beautifully slide it in for the win.
Sergei Gonchar has stepped up in the absence of Erik Karlsson, leading all defensemen on the team with 17. Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson continue to lead the Senators, in the absence of Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.
For Ottawa to win, they are going to need to stop New York’s offense. John Tavares and Matt Moulson are leading the Islanders in points right now, and have been positively representing a team that is normally found at the bottom of the Eastern Conference basement come playoff time.
This Eastern Conference tilt should be a good one, as Ottawa and New York both try to go on three-game win streaks.