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Game 22 Preview: New York Islanders @ Ottawa Senators

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The Sens will try to snap their five game losing streak.

NHL: Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Remember the last time the Sens won? It’s been two weeks since their last victory, and they hope to break the skid tonight as they face the New York Islanders at home. The Isles, meanwhile, have the hot hand defeating the Philadelphia Flyers twice in their home-and-home series.

Although Ottawa may be tired after playing last night, New York is in the same position. While Ottawa’s faced some recent injury trouble, losing out on Smith, Wideman and Borowiecki, New York is looking at a clean bill of health.

Lineup decisions have yet to be announced, although there may be a shakeup in store. Fredrik Claesson was surprisingly the healthy scratch, although the losing streak may prompt Boucher to put him back in instead of Harpur or Oduya. For now, here are yesterday’s line combos:

Pyatt - Brassard - Stone
Ryan - Pageau - Burrows
Hoffman - Duchene - Dzingel
Paul - Thompson - Dumont

Harpur - Ceci
Phaneuf - Karlsson
Oduya - Chabot

Condon (starter)
Anderson

Here are some notes:

  • Matt Duchene only played 30 seconds more at 5v5 than Nate Thompson. No wonder he’s still looking for his first point.
  • That line of Hoffman-Duchene-Dzingel is probably one of the fastest in the league, and should probably be ahead the other two. Pyatt and Burrows in the top six isn’t ideal.
  • I wasn’t able to watch last night’s game, although Gabriel Dumont led the team with a 60.36% Corsi percentage in his Sens debut. He also played 1:34 on the penalty kill.
  • Speaking of special teams, Ottawa’s failed to score on their last seventeen straight power play opportunities. Meanwhile, Guy Boucher was quoted after yesterday’s game saying that the powerplay “looked terrific”. Now in the bottom ten on conversion rate with the third lowest expected goals per 60 minutes at 5v4, I think he might want to re-assess his strategy.
  • The Islanders have been strongly benefitting from their rookies this season, as Mathew Barzal’s 22 points is tied for the rookie scoring lead with Brock Boeser. Josh Ho-Sang and Ryan Pulock have also been of great help.

Here are some stats, from NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators New York Islanders
Category Ottawa Senators New York Islanders
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.10 10th 3.68 2nd
Goals against/GP 3.24 24th 3.27 25th
Shots/GP 30.7 22nd 31.1 18th
Shots against/GP 29.6 4th 32.7 23rd
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 47.87 23rd 50.53 15th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 50.02 16th 49.98 17th

Player Stats

Category Ottawa Senators New York Islanders
Category Ottawa Senators New York Islanders
-- Player # Player #
Goals Mark Stone 13 John Tavares 15
Assists Erik Karlsson 16 Josh Bailey 22
Points Mark Stone 22 Josh Bailey 27
Shots Mike Hoffman 73 John Tavares 68
TOI/GP Erik Karlsson 25:13 Nick Leddy 22:16