Sens Return Home to Face Islanders
Tonight will be the big return home for the Ottawa Senators as they take on the New York Islanders in a game where they try to get their game back in gear.
Tonight's game will be the first game the Sens are back in Ottawa for since the 2-0 loss to the Jets all the way back on January 16th. The Sens right now are fighting a 4 game losing streak following the 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins Tuesday night, and the goal for the game tonight will obviously be to shut the Islanders down and claim their first victory for February.
The Sens find themselves in a tough playoff picture in the Eastern Conference at the moment as they find themselves sitting in 6th place in the conference, being two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, while only being two points ahead of division rivals, Toronto. A win tonight is necessary for the Sens if they want to keep chasing Boston for the top spot in the North-East Division. Boston has 66 points which is 6 ahead of the Sens’ 60.
A win tonight is what everyone in the Sens organization is looking for and they’re hoping that a return home is going to be exactly what is needed to spark up the play of the team. As of right now the Sens currently have a 4 game losing streak and if they want to continue the stellar play that we saw through majority of January, there is going to need to be a major turnaround in tonight’s game.
The lines going into this game have had a little bit of a shake up as the Sens try to find a solution to their problems. Erik Condra will get a chance on the first line with All-Stars Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek as rookie All-Star Colin Greening has been placed on the third. A second line of Nick Foligno-Kyle Turris-Daniel Alfredsson seems like it could really perform which is what’s suspected from the entire team. Erik Karlsson will be looking to continue his stellar season tonight after scoring a goal in Boston Tuesday night. Craig Anderson is also expected to get the start in net tonight. Not many big changes in the line up, but there really needs to be some good play from the Sens tonight.
New York currently sits tied for last in the Eastern Conference but they’re not to be taken lightly as January’s Player of the Month, John Tavares centers their first line. Tavares has almost been unstoppable as of late and has been really performing as one of the NHL’s Top Players as of late. If the Sens can find a way of containing Tavares tonight and managing to get past the Islander’s defense themselves, they could see themselves getting a victory tonight.
Tonight’s game will mark the first of three between the two teams this season and it will be interesting to see which team is able to take the victory in this season’s series!
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