Islanders Preview: Keys to Victory in Ottawa
The back end of their two-game mini road trip finds the New York Islanders in Ottawa this afternoon. With a win today and a Flyers and Bruins loss, the Islanders will slide into the eighth playoff spot in the East.
The first of two meetings against the Senators will see the Islanders tested against a team that’s fighting for their playoff spot. Naught but three points separates Ottawa, Toronto, and Boston, all vying for the Atlantic spots behind Montreal and the second Wild Card.
How the Islanders play today will reveal how badly they want that second Wild Card spot. The other meeting against Ottawa will be their last regular season game of the 2016-17 season at the Barclay’s.
Potential Starting Lineup
I don’t see any reason why Doug Weight would not stick with the same lineup after a solid performance in Philadelphia Thursday night.
Beauvillier–Nelson–Strome de Haan-Seidenberg
Prince–Cizikas–Kulemin Greiss (Berube)
For the Islanders, Cal Clutterbuck and Travis Hamonic are still sidelined with lower body injuries.
For the Senators, Clarke MacArthur has yet to play a game this season due to a concussion. Craig Anderson remains day-to-day as he has taken time off to be with his wife during her cancer treatment.