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Game 82 preview: Ottawa Senators @ New York Islanders

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It’s the regular season finale!

Ottawa Senators v New York Islanders Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

On the final day of the 2016-17 NHL regular season, the Ottawa Senators will visit the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to take on the New York Islanders.

After clinching home ice in the first round yesterday, the attention now turns to who will be Ottawa’s opponent. Should the Toronto Maple Leafs get at least a point today, the Battle of Ontario will be the matchup. It will be the Boston Bruins otherwise.

Yesterday was also a crucial day for the Islanders, who although defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2, were eliminated from playoff contention due to the Leafs’ dramatic win in Pittsburgh.

Mike Condon will most likely make the start tonight, as Craig Anderson played yesterday. Jaroslav Halak got the win for the Isles on Saturday, meaning their likely starter be Thomas Greiss.

Here’s the Sens’ expected lineup, from Bruce Garrioch:

MacArthur - Pageau - Ryan
Dzingel - Varone - Burrows
Wingels - White - Pyatt
DiDomenico - Kelly - Neil

Harpur - Ceci
Claesson - Jokipakka
Borowiecki - Wideman

Condon (starter)
O’Connor

Here are some notes ahead of tonight’s contest:

  • Although the position is already decided, a win tonight would give the Senators 100 points, the first time hitting triple digits since 2006-07. They came ever so close two years ago finishing with 99 points.
  • Because the game won’t have any standings impact, it appears that Boucher’s decided to go with an exhibition lineup for tonight. Many key players will be sitting, while Colin White will play in his second NHL game, and Chris Neil will play in his first game since February 26th.
  • Andreas Englund and Nick Paul were also called up along with O’Connor this morning.
  • One area of potential concern is the goalie, as Craig Anderson didn’t travel with the team to Brooklyn. Hopefully everything’s fine and he’ll be ready for the playoffs.
  • Five Senators who haven’t missed a game so far: Chris Kelly, Derick Brassard, Dion Phaneuf, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Tom Pyatt. Of the five, Pageau was the only one to hit 82 games last season.
  • Barring a Turris hat trick or a crazy night from someone else, this will be Ottawa’s fifth consecutive season without a 30-goal scorer, going back to Milan Michalek (35) and Jason Spezza (34) in 2011-12. The only other teams in the same boat are Arizona, Buffalo and Detroit.
  • Coming into the playoffs hot is Mike Hoffman, who’s scored at least a point in five of his last six games. He has seven goals and fifteen assists in his last 22 games.
  • It will also be the two teams’ third meeting of the season, with Ottawa taking the first game 6-2 (Zack Smith with two goals), as well as the second one 3-0 (Anderson shutout).
  • Some players who play well against the Islanders: Kyle Turris (13 points in 16 GP), Mark Stone (8 points in 10 GP) and Craig Anderson (.956 SV% in 10 starts).
  • This will be the seventh year in a row the Sens close out the regular season away from home.
  • Afterwards: it’s playoffs time!
Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from NHL.com except Corsi and Fenwick are from Corsica.

Category Ottawa NYI
Player # Player #
Goals Kyle Turris 27 Anders Lee 33
Assists Erik Karlsson 54 Josh Bailey 42
Points Erik Karlsson 71 John Tavares 66
Shots Mike Hoffman 224 John Tavares 260
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 26:50 Nick Leddy 22:45

Category

Ottawa NYI
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.52 22nd 2.90 11th
Goals Against 2.54 9th 2.91 24th
Score and venue adjusted Corsi % 48.32% 22nd 48.18% 23rd
Event, Score and venue adjusted Fenwick % 48.47% 23rd 48.39% 24th
Shots For 30.0 18th 30.4 14th
Shots Against 30.2 16th 31.9 26th