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NHL Preview: Ottawa Senators (25-24-3) at New York Islanders (27-23-6)


LAST GAME: Feb. 13, 4-3 OT win vs. Calgary: Stützle capped a four-point night (one goal, three assists) with the overtime game-winner as Ottawa capped the latest multi-goal comeback in franchise history with a 4-3 win at Canadian Tire Centre. Tkachuk opened the scoring for the home side with his 111th career goal – the second most in franchise history by a skater age 23 or younger. Three consecutive goals by Calgary from Dube (two) and Toffoli saw the Flames with a 3-1 advantage by the 17:46 mark of the final period. Goals from Batherson and DeBrincat 46 seconds apart with the extra attacker brought Ottawa even to set up Stützle’s second career overtime game-winner. Sogaard earned his first win of the season for Ottawa in making 34 saves while Markstrom took the loss for Calgary with 21 saves. Scratches: Gambrell; Injuries: Forsberg, Norris, Sanderson, Talbot; Shots: OTT – 25, CGY – 37; PP: OTT – 0- 4, CGY – 1-4.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: This evening’s game against the N.Y. Islanders will be broadcast regionally on TSN5 and RDS2. On the radio, the game will be available locally via TSN 1200 (English) and 94,5 Unique-FM (French).

WHAT’S NEXT: Ottawa begins a two-game homestand on Friday evening against Chicago at 7 p.m. The contest will mark the first of two regular-season meetings and the lone matchup at Canadian Tire Centre.

INJURY REPORT: G Forsberg, C Norris, D Sanderson and G Talbot are on IR and will not oppose the Islanders this evening. Total man-games lost: 183.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Recalled D Larsson from Belleville (AHL) on Feb. 13.

OTTAWA vs. N.Y. ISLANDERS – History:
2022-23 (1-1-0): Nov. 14 @ Ottawa (4-2 loss), Jan. 25 @ Ottawa (2-1 win), Feb. 14 @ N.Y. Islanders
2021-22 (0-3-0): 12/7/21 @ Ottawa (5-3 loss), 2/1/22 @ N.Y. Islanders (4-1 loss), 3/22/22 @ N.Y. Islanders (3-0 loss)
Series record: Overall: 55-31-11-7; Home: 28-16-5-3; Away: 27-15-6-4
Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: Jan. 25 (2-1); @ N.Y. Islanders: 12/1/17 (6-5)
Last N.Y. Islanders win: @ Ottawa: Nov. 14 (4-2); @ N.Y. Islanders: 3/22/22 (3-0)
Last OT result: 12/5/15 (3-2 OT win) @ Ottawa
Last shootout: 3/5/19 (5-4 SO loss) @ N.Y. Islanders
Most goals, game: Scored: 9, (1/30/99, 9-2 win); Allowed: 9, (12/17/92, 9-3 loss); Both teams: 12, (12/17/92, 9-3 loss)
Last Game: Jan. 25, 2-1 win @ Ottawa; OTT Goals: Pinto, Giroux; NYI Goal: Nelson; OTT Scratch: Kastelic; OTT Injuries: Motte, Norris, Zub; OTT Goalies: Talbot (0 GA, W, 28:05), Forsberg (1 GA, 31:55); NYI Goalie: Varlamov; OTT PP: 1-3; NYI PP: 0-3; Shots: 38-36.
Career vs. N.Y. Islanders: Giroux leads all players in career games played (66), in goals (25), in assists (47), in points (72) and in penalty minutes (34) against New York.

ROAD SCHOLARS: The Senators have a record of 10-12-2 on the road this season … Tkachuk leads with 11 goals on the road this season while also ranking first with 15 assists while the Senators serve as visitors … Through 24 road games this season, Tkachuk maintains the club lead with 26 points … The Senators registered an 18-20-3 record over 41 road contests in 2021-22.

FRANCHISE RECORD: Ottawa has posted an all-time record of 1,029-1,006-115-179 over 2,329 games … The Senators are 563-447-60-98 through 1,168 all-time home games and 466-559-55-81 through 1,161 all-time road games.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: Ottawa will play back-to-back games on 12 occasions in 2022-23 and will conclude their sixth set of the season this evening when the team visits the N.Y. Islanders … The Senators played 17 back-to-back sets last season and earned a record of 6-9-2 in the first half of contests on consecutive nights (4-2-0 this season) while posting an 8-8-1 record (3-2-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 52 for 197 (26.4%) on the power-play in 2022-23 … Drake Batherson leads with 11 powerplay goals while also maintaining the club lead with 22 points while the team enjoys a man advantage … Ottawa has recorded multiple power-play goals 13 times in an individual contest in 2022-23 after having done so 11 times in 2021-22.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has overcome 147 of the 184 occasions the team has been shorthanded in 2022-23 to maintain an efficiency of 80.4% through 52 regular-season games … The team has registered five (Joseph x2, Watson x2, Motte) shorthanded Ottawa Senators: Media Notes
markers this season after recording nine such goals in 2021-22.


Saturday, Feb. 11 OT Loss MTL 4 vs. NYI 3 Nelson, Horvat, Martin Varlamov (27/31)
Brock Nelson extended his point streak to ten games and Bo Horvat found the back of the net for the third straight game, but the New York Islanders fell to the Canadiens in overtime, 4-3, Saturday afternoon in Montreal. Noah Dobson tallied two assists, and Sebastian Aho and Alexander Romanov recorded points to help the Islanders collect a point against Montreal for the fifth straight game.

Feb. 13 Otto Koivula has been recalled from loan (Bridgeport). Samuel Bolduc has been returned on loan to Bridgeport.
Feb. 6 Hudson Fasching has been removed from the team’s IR list.
Feb. 5 Samuel Bolduc and Simon Holmstrom have been recalled from loan (Bridgeport). The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with forward Bo Horvat on an eight-year contract.


3 Adam Pelech Dec. 9 – Jan. 21

8 Noah Dobson Jan. 23 – Jan. 28

10 Simon Holmstrom Dec. 23 – Jan. 6

12 Josh Bailey Nov. 29

13 Mathew Barzal Jan. 6

15 Cal Clutterbuck Oct. 13, Nov. 8, Dec. 2- Dec. 6, Dec. 17 – Jan. 3, Jan. 21 –

20 Hudson Fasching Jan. 19 – Jan. 28

21 Kyle Palmieri Nov. 23 – Dec. 13, Dec. 17 – Jan. 21

25 Sebastian Aho Oct. 13 – Oct. 20

26 Oliver Wahlstrom Oct. 13, Dec. 29 –

40 Semyon Varlamov Dec. 19 – Jan. 1

Man Games Lost: 122

Saturday, Feb. 11 at Montreal L/OT (4-3)
Thursday, Feb. 9 vs. Vancouver L (6-5)
Tuesday, Feb. 7 vs. Seattle W (4-0)
Monday, Feb. 6 at Philadelphia W (2-1)
Saturday, Jan. 28 vs. Vegas W/OT (2-1)

Nov. 14, 2023 Canadian Tire Centre W (4-2)
Jan. 25, 2023 Canadian Tire Centre L (2-1)
Feb. 14, 2023 UBS Arena 7:30pm

Jan. 25, 2023 Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa, ON) Loss (2-1)
Nov. 14, 2022 Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa, ON) Win (4-2)
March 22, 2022 UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) Win (3-0)
February 1, 2022 UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) Win (4-1)
December 7, 2021 Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa, ON) Win (5-3)

2022-23 1-1-0
Last five games 4-1-0
Franchise History 38-51-11-4
NYI Home 19-26-6-1
NYI Away 19-25-5-3

Tonight, the New York Islanders host the Ottawa Senators in the third and final matchup between the two clubs this season. The last time these teams met was less than three weeks ago, on January 25 at Canadian Tire Centre. Brock Nelson scored a goal and Sebastian Aho and Kyle Palmieri each tallied assists, but the Islanders fell to the Senators, 2-1. The Islanders have a 9-1-1 record in their last 11 matchups with the Senators. The Islanders also enter tonight’s matchup with five straight home-ice wins against the Senators, dating back to the 2018-19 season. The last time the Islanders hosted Ottawa was March 22, 2022, when Brock Nelson, Scott Mayfield and Anders Lee each recorded multi-point games in a 3-0 Islander win. Tonight’s game is the Senators’ first and only visit to UBS Arena this season. The Islanders won both matchups with Ottawa at UBS Arena in the 2021-22 campaign, and they will look to capture their 17th home-ice victory of the season tonight, and improve upon their 3-1-1 record in their last five matchups.

Since returning from the All-Star break, the Islanders are 44.4% on the power play, leading the league in their last four games. Leading up to the All-Star break, the Islanders had scored three times in their previous 64 power play opportunities. Islanders forward Bo Horvat leads the team in power play points (20), and is ninth in the NHL in power play goals (12) in 53 games this season. Horvat has recorded a point on the power play in each of his last two games, including his first PPG as an Islander on Saturday afternoon in Montreal.

The Islanders’ home penalty kill sits at 89.0% entering tonight’s game, leading the NHL. Since December 4, 2022, the Islanders have allowed just three power play goals in 38 times shorthanded at UBS Arena.

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