NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, January 19th (All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (24-11-7-3) at New York Islanders (21-19-4-1), 12 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to push their unbeaten streak to five games today when they travel to Long Island to battle the New York Islanders.
The Senators' latest triumph came against Boston on Saturday night. Martin Prusek made 20 saves and Martin Havlat had two goals and two assists, leading Ottawa to a 4-0 home victory over the Bruins.
Ottawa now finds itself just one point behind Toronto for first place in the Northeast Division.
Prusek recorded his third shutout of both the season and his young career, as the Senators remained unbeaten in their last 10 home games (8-0-2)..
Wade Redden had a goal and an assist and Brian Pothier also scored for the Senators, who have lost just once in their last 16 games overall (11-1-4).
Havlat, who notched the fourth four-point game of his career, has been on fire recently, posting at least one point in his last six games. The young Czech has tallied five goals and seven assists during that stretch.
The Senators, 10-4-3-1 as the visitor this season, open a two-game road trip today.
New York, meanwhile, is coming off a 4-2 home victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Cliff Ronning scored his first goal of the season in the 1,100th NHL game of his career, to lead the Islanders to the win on Saturday.
Ronning, who signed with New York as a free agent earlier this month, scored in his third game as an Islander. The goal helped New York win for just the second time in its last eight games (2-4-2).
Kenny Jonsson also tallied and assisted on another goal for the Islanders, who won for the ninth time in their last 11 home games. Dave Scatchard and Janne Niinimaa each added a goal for the Isles.
Rick DiPietro faced 29 shots -- including 12 in the third period -- and stopped 27 of them for the Islanders.
The Isles will start a three-game road trip in Toronto on Tuesday.
The Sens and Islanders have played three times this season, and the series is knotted at 1-1-1.
However, Ottawa is 10-2-3 in the last 15 and 22-3-8 in the last 33 meetings. The Senators have also dominated at Nassau Coliseum, going 11-1-4 in their last 16 trips to the arena.
01/19 10:09:29 ET