The Islanders will kick off 4-game home stand tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators for the third and final time this season. After a difficult 3-1 loss to the Sens back in February, the Isles took the most recent matchup with a pair of stellar shootout goals by the likes of Frans Nielsen and John Tavares.
So far this month, the Isles are 5-1-1, which has currently placed them 3 points out of the 8th and last playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The Isles have also improved on their dreadful home record, going 3-0-2 in their last 5 games at the Nassau Coliseum.
Later this afternoon, the New York Islanders will take on the Ottawa Senators at the Nassau Coliseum. It will be the second of three meetings between the two Eastern Conference clubs.
Coming into the game with the worst home record in the NHL at 2-8-1, the Isles are looking to turn things around today against a team that has struggled to score but manages to stay afloat due to their stellar backup goaltenders.
Not a lot of people expected the Ottawa Senators to be one of only two Canadian teams that managed to make the playoffs this season. In fact, in the "normal" NHL universe, the Canadiens and Sens would probably be in each others positions. The Sens started the season with people assuming they were at the beginning of a rebuild, with GM Bryan Murray half-blowing things up the prior off-season. But then something happened. The Sens top players started playing like... well... top players. Alfredsson was on his game as rumors of retirement grew bigger and bigger. Jason Spezza became a dominant center once again. And the...
Ah, the Ottawa Senators. Islanders fans would like to forget this past Monday's game against them. You remember...the matinee? Yeah, I want to forget, too.
The Ottawa Senators are probably one of the most underrated teams in the NHL right now. A team in which everyone thought could be one of the worst teams in the history of the NHL before the season started. But look at them now; They are in seventh place in the East and I'm convinced that they will make a huge playoff run.
A short break over Christmas seems to be just what the Montreal Canadiens needed, as they bounced back in a big way with a 6-2 win over the eighth place Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. After a five game losing streak the Habs finally won a game, giving interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth his first victory as the man in charge behind the Canadiens bench.
The first period began with the Senators controlling the game for the most part. Just two minutes in they jumped out to an early lead with a goal from Zach Smith. The lead didn't last for long thoug...
Evander Kane had his 7th 2-goal game of his career, scoring the duece just 1:17 apart in the 3rd period, but it was not enough as the Jets fell to the Senators 6-4 in the Capital of Manitoba on Tuesday night.
The MTS Centre was at capacity again and fans were treated to some great defensive play at both ends of the ice. Ondrej Pavelec was tested early as the Senators put on the pressure for an opening goal. Jason Spezza had a great opportunity in the slot, only to shoot wide of the Winnipeg net.
Throughout the 1st period, Winnipeg had trouble getting through a neutral zone that was being clogged up by Ottawa. It wasn't until the line of W...
At this point in the season I figured I would still be talking about the concept of the Ottawa Senators and the fan idea of "Fail for Nail."
For those who are not in the know, there was a grassroots campaign among Senators fan that the Sens should just spend the season giving their young prospects time to develop and not worry about the score-line, and just looking forward to a high draft pick.
While the attitude has not vanished entirely among the fan base, and I include myself in that, it is seeming less and less likely as the season wears on.
The Sens are not top of the table, with a 10-9-1 record, but they are certainly holding their own. Their record is cu...
Hi. Nice to you see you again. It's been a while, hasn't it?
Only a month into the 2011-12, it seems like we've had to go through yet another off-season, with six days off between the Canadiens' last couple of games (a sweep of a home-and-home series against the struggling Boston Bruins) and tonight's match-up against the red hot (wut) Ottawa Senators. Even the weather cooperated here in Montreal, with a few nice days throughout the week, despite the fact that it's November.
Yup, it definitely felt like we just had another mini off-season, and quite frankly, it couldn't have come at a worst time...