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Senators look to stretch winning streak over Islanders

Thursday, 03.15.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Senators look to stretch winning streak over Islanders
Ottawa Senators centres Jason Spezza, left, and Dean McAmmond work on faceoffs with assistant coach Greg Carvel during the morning skate today at Scotiabank Place.

by Todd Anderson

Coming off Tuesday's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators' focus switches to another New York-based team tonight when they host the Islanders at Scotiabank Place. The Senators have won the last six meetings against the Islanders but they're not taking anything for granted tonight.

Already a team credited for having a solid work ethic, the Islanders' playoff fortunes were bolstered by the addition of former Edmonton Oiler Ryan Smyth at the trade deadline. The Senators, who hosted Smyth and the Oilers just over three weeks ago, know what the star power forward brings to the table.

"He adds offence and he's one of the best players in the league in front of the net," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson says. "(The Islanders) have improved over the last few years, they're a good team."

Islanders starting goaltender Rick DiPietro, who left the ice early after a collision with forward Steve Bégin during Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Montreal, has been listed as a game-time decision on the Islanders' official website. Senators head coach Bryan Murray spoke about one aspect of the game that might change for Ottawa if DiPietro is able to play.

"You don't want the puck to go to Rick. (DiPietro and Martin Brodeur) are two of the best puck-handling goaltenders in the league. When you chip the puck in, you can't let it go around the back of the net. You try to put it in the zone that he's not allowed to go touch it and maybe get a forecheck as a result."

While Murray shared some of his insight concerning his team's battle for fourth place in the Eastern Conference with the Pittsburgh Penguins - who moved one point ahead of the Senators by beating the New Jersey Devils 3-0 last night - he stressed the focus should be on tonight's opponent.

"We're not worried about anybody else. We just have to play as well as we can. (Pittsburgh) is an outstanding hockey team and they're getting better every night. We can't worry about them. I can make comments about them but the (Senators) players just have to play their game and do what they can do and worry about the New York Islanders tonight."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 55 11 49 7 60
B. Ryan 54 19 26 -4 45
M. Hoffman 51 23 19 5 42
M. Stone 53 16 25 -12 41
M. Zibanejad 54 11 22 -2 33
K. Turris 49 13 17 -12 30
J. Pageau 55 13 10 4 23
Z. Smith 54 12 5 5 17
C. Ceci 48 5 11 -2 16
C. Lazar 50 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 18 4 .914 2.84
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10