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Game 10 Hub: New York Islanders @ Ottawa Senators

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The Sens look to win two in a row for the first time this season.

NHL: MAR 07 Islanders at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After snapping a four-game losing streak, the Ottawa Senators (2-6-1) will look to get a rare consecutive win tonight, when the New York Islanders (6-3-0) come to town.

Ottawa is coming off a fairly impressive 4-2 win over the, admittedly struggling, Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. The Isles, meanwhile, are currently riding a five-game win streak. Tonight is the second game of a back-to-back for them, after defeating the visiting Arizona Coyotes 4-2 last night.

If it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it. With that in mind, the Senators lineup won’t differ at all from Wednesday night. Expect it to look something like this:

Tkachuk - L. Brown - Duclair
Namestnikov - Tierney - Ryan
Paul - Pageau - C. Brown
Ennis - Beaudin - Sabourin

Chabot - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo

Nilsson (starter)
Anderson

Game Notes:

  • With Anders Nilsson getting his third consecutive start tonight, it appears that D.J. Smith is favouring the big Swede as his starting goaltender. While Craig Anderson is unquestionably Ottawa’s greatest all-time goaltender, Nilsson has out-performed him to begin the campaign, and Smith has been singing his praises.
  • While powerplay goals have been hard to come by, the Ottawa Senators penalty kill has drastically improved this season. It’s early, granted, but Ottawa has killed off 82.5% of their penalties so far, good enough for 13th place in the NHL. They neutralized all five Detroit powerplays on Wednesday, and that didn’t go unnoticed.
  • While the PK has shown signs of improvement, the powerplay is still absymal. The Senators went 0/2 against Detroit, and are posting a league-worst 3.7% with the man advantage. They really couldn’t generate anything on Wednesday, so I would expect a couple changes tonight. Look for Logan Brown to slot into the first unit, and Erik Brannstrom to replace Dylan DeMelo on the second unit. This is all just speculation on my part, but Smith and Co. have shown a reluctance to stick with what’s not working so far.
  • It’s 90’s night at the Canadian Tire Centre! Hopefully by this time next year, every night will be 90’s night, in that the Senators will go back to the 2D jerseys. I digress, however, and the first 2500 fans to arrive at tonight’s game will get a 90’s style Ottawa Senators snapback:
  • Puck drop is at 7:30pmET, and you can catch this one on TSN5, RDS2, as well as MSG+2 for our friends south of the border. As always, Dean Brown and Gord Wilson have the call on TSN1200.

Stats

All stats from NHL.com, except for Corsi/Fenwick from NaturalStatTrick.com

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
Category Player # Player #
Goals Vladislav Namestnikov 4 Evander Kane 6
Assists Connor Brown 8 Brent Burns/Logan Couture 8
Points Thomas Chabot/Connor Brown 8 Brent Burns/Tomas Hertl 10
Shots Brady Tkachuk 38 Brent Burns 33
Time On Ice Thomas Chabot 26:29 Brent Burns 26:36

Team Stats

Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
Ottawa Senators San Jose Sharks
# Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 2.38 26th 2.62 22nd
Goals against/GP 3.37 25th 3.44 26th
Shots/GP 30.9 16th 27.5 30th
Shots against/GP 34.6 30th 31.8 20th
Powerplay % 6.1 31st 25.0 7th
Penalty Kill % 81.4 13th 92.5 1st
Corsi % (5v5, Score and Venue Adjusted) 45.14 29th 48.73 23rd
Fenwick % (5v5, SVA) 46.32 28th 47.10 27th