NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 29th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (8-9-4) at New York Islanders (9-12-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will attempt to win three straight
games for the first time this season when they visit the New York Islanders
for tonight's battle at Nassau Coliseum.
The Senators ended a six-game losing streak last Saturday against the New
York Rangers and weren't in action again until posting a shootout decision
over Toronto on Thursday.
Both victories came at home as Ottawa won back-to-back outings for the first
time since defeating Washington and Philadelphia on November 4 and 6.
On Thursday, Jason Spezza scored the winner in the shootout as the Senators
downed the Maple Leafs, 2-1, at Scotiabank Place.
Spezza was the first shooter and he banged his wrister off the right post
and into the net. After Alex Auld made saves on Nikolai Kulemin and Lee
Stempniak, Daniel Alfredsson sealed the win as his wrist shot beat Vesa
Mike Fisher scored the lone goal while Auld finished the game with 25 saves
for the Senators. Fisher made his return after a knee injury sidelined him
for the previous two games.
Ottawa has been awful as the road team recently, dropping five straight as
the visitor. The Sens are just 3-4-2 away from home this season.
The Islanders have lost their last two games and were outscored by a
combined margin of 12-5 in those setbacks.
New York was handed a 5-3 loss Wednesday against visiting Pittsburgh and was
then blasted, 7-2, in Friday's afternoon game in Boston. Blake Wheeler and
David Krejci scored 10 seconds apart to jump-start a five-goal third period
for the triumphant Bruins.
Nate Thompson and Richard Park scored for the Islanders, who have
surrendered nine goals in the third period the last two games. The Isles now
have a third-period goal differential of minus-18 this season.
Joey MacDonald made his 13th straight start in net for New York, but was
pulled after yielding four goals on 31 shots. Peter Mannino fared no better,
allowing three goals on just eight shots.
The Islanders are just 4-7-1 as the host team this year, but had won two
straight at the Coliseum before Wednesday's loss to the Penguins.
New York is 2-0 against the Senators this year, posting a win at home and on
the road. However, Ottawa has still won 10 of 14 in the series and five of
its last seven on Long Island.
11/29 10:48:11 ET