Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 79 — Islanders vs. Senators
4:30 PM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson and Sens TV.
4:00 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie is with Sens colour broadcaster and New York Islanders legend Denis Potvin who talks about his time with the Isles and winning four straight Stanley Cups.
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3:15 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Islanders.
Hemsky - Spezza - Michalek
MacArthur - Turris - Stone
Smith - Zibanejad - Neil
Hoffman - Pageau - Condra
Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Ceci
Wiercioch - Gryba
New York Islanders
Lee - Nielsen - Bailey
Persson - Nelson - Clutterbuck
Martin - Strome - McDonald
Halmo - Cizikas - Gallant
Czuczman - Hamonic
Hickey - Carkner
Donovan - Mayfield
2:00 PM: Here's what Chris Phillips had to say ahead of tonight's game with the Islanders.
12:15 PM: Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts and updated after the team's optional morning skate in Long Island. Here's what he had to say...
On tonight's lineup:
Colin won't play tonight, we're going to still be guarded and careful with him. Everything else — we're going to make a decision, possibly one more change at forward (Matt Kassian) but we haven't made a decision on that yet. Everything else will remain the same.
On the development of the young players:
I think they're certainly on a scale of moving upwards. I think some of them, the younger defencemen Wiercioch and Gryba, had some struggles early in the year but to their credit have worked very hard to improve their game and we feel that they've made some strides that way. Mika has come up and become a very important player for us, he has been in a position to make a difference in games and he has done that. Hoffman has come in and shown that he is ready to play in the League with his skating ability and the way he can play with the puck, he has helped the power play a little bit. The consistency of his game is (developing) but that's the same as all young players for the most part. Stone has come up and showed that he's ready to play in the National Hockey League and the next thing is can he keep doing it?
On Zibanejad's position:
He's a centre right now at this point in time but that's going to depend on who else is here. Right now we feel he projects to be a very good centre.
On the positives from Saturday's win:
I thought the consistency of our game from start to finish was very good. I thought our play in our own zone was efficient. We didn't have the ghastly turnovers we might have had in other games and I thought our team speed — I thought we skated well. I thought we were able to establish a forecheck and make them play in their end a little bit.
I think it has progressed enough that if we had to have him play he could play but the question for me is there's still something there that could make it progress in the wrong direction as well. We're going to just wait and make sure that it's something that is halted and there's not going to be anything that can further lead to damage to what's going on.
On Cowen's availability the rest of the year:
I talked to Gerry today and he didn't skate yet so it's not looking like he would because he hasn't skated for a significant amount of time but I don't think we're prepared to call him out at this point. Right now, until we get home, it doesn't look like he's going to be ready for the game on Thursday night. If he's out for that one he's probably not going to make the weekend either. At this point it's not for sure.
11:30 AM: The Sens have arrived at Nassau Coliseum for their morning skate.
10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators will play their second last road game of the night on Tuesday when they take on the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.
The Senators are coming off of a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. The Sens got goals from Mark Stone, Mika Zibanejad and Jason Spezza provided the offence while Robin Lehner stood tall in goal to earn the victory.
The Islanders are 31-36-11 in 78 games this season and have amassed 73 points. They sit eighth in the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division. In 40 home games this season, they have compiled a record of 13-18-9.
The Islanders have won both matchups between the two this season.
The Sens will have their morning skate at 11:30 AM on Long Island and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV content, Instagram goodness and more.
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