NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 1st
(All times Eastern)
New York Islanders (4-5-3) at Ottawa Senators (4-6-2), 7:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - A couple of teams trying to get on the right track meet
Friday in Canada's capital city, as the Ottawa Senators welcome the New York
Islanders for a clash at Canadian Tire Centre.
The Islanders have lost two straight and four of their last five games, and
are 2-5-2 since opening the season with a 2-0-1 mark. To try and shake things
up New York pulled off a blockbuster trade to acquire star winger Thomas Vanek
from Buffalo on Sunday, but the move couldn't help the Isles beat the rival
New York Rangers on Monday.
Vanek, who was acquired for winger Matt Moulson and two draft picks, failed to
score in his debut with the club on Monday. The Isles led the contest by a 2-1
score after 40 minutes, but Benoit Pouliot and Ryan McDonagh each tallied
third-period goals to lead the visiting Rangers to a 3-2 comeback victory at
Cal Clutterbuck and Peter Regin scored in the Islanders' fourth consecutive
home loss. Vanek, a two-time 40-goal scorer with the Sabres, had a quiet game,
recording just one shot on goal while playing on a line with captain John
Evgeni Nabokov finished with 21 saves in the setback.
"I thought we played decently, but it's the same mistakes," Islanders head
coach Jack Capuano remarked. "We weren't poised enough with the puck; I
thought we turned it over too many times there. We fell asleep on a too many
men on the ice call. That's a lack of focus for me."
Vanek hopes to have a better second game in an Isles sweater on Friday. The
Austrian sniper has registered 19 goals and 35 points in 50 career games
against the Senators.
Ottawa, meanwhile, is mired in an 0-3-0 skid and the club is coming off a
disappointing 4-6-2 showing in the first month of the season. The Senators
called a players-only meeting on Monday to talk out their frustrations, but
still lost a 6-5 decision the following night in Chicago.
The Sens held a 4-2 lead briefly in the second period on Tuesday and headed
into the final stanza up 4-3. However, Ottawa couldn't overcome a hat trick
from Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, who scored twice early in the third
period to give the Blackhawks the lead for good.
Kyle Turris and Milan Michalek each posted a goal and an assist for the
Senators, while Craig Anderson allowed all six goals on 40 shots in the loss.
"We got five goals on the road against the Stanley Cup champions," said Ottawa
head coach Paul MacLean. "We gave them some easy goals that we should have
made them work harder for."
Perhaps, a preponderance of home games to begin November can help the Sens get
headed in the right direction. Ottawa, which is 1-3-0 as the host so far, will
play two straight and seven of eight at home to kick off the new month.
The Islanders are playing five of six on the road to begin November and are
2-2-0 away from Nassau Coliseum this season.
The Sens have claimed five of the past six meetings in this series overall and
Ottawa has taken two in a row in Canada's capital. The Senators boast a 6-0-2
record in the past eight encounters at Canadian Tire Centre.
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