The results of the next four games for the New York Islanders will be a good indication of what fans should expect the team to do going forward.
Will Islanders management decide they can make a run this season for one of the last playoffs and look to bolster their roster, maybe picking up a ‘rental’ type player to try to help the present? Or will they decide that 2012-13 is going to be the year it all comes together and decide to trade some veterans and continue to stockpile young talent.
For the rest of the season, I will be taking a look at some players that have been traded/released from the Islanders organization and see if they are helping or hurting their new team and look at the roster move as a whole. Our first player is Trent Hunter.
Looking back to the start of the season, if you were to ask any hockey expert who the starting goalie of the St. Louis Blues would be, they would not have said Brian Elliot. If you asked any of those same experts whose numbers which goaltender would be represented by a 1.69 G.A.A, a .938 save percentage and five shutouts at the All-Star break, they would not have guessed Brian Elliot. Or even better, if you asked those same questions to the Sens Army they would not have responded with Brian Elliot.
However, if you were to ask Brian Elliot himself wha...
The Islanders made their first visit to Ottawa this season and were able to battle all game and come away with an important victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The game started slow with both teams going up and down the ice with not many chances generated. Nabokov was called on early in the period but the defense did a good job making sure most shot were from the outside and easily visible. The Islanders got a power play chance at 10:26 when former Islander Zenon Konopka took a hooking penalty. The first power play unit of Tavares, Moulson, Parenteau, Nielsen and Streit was very good creating several chances but unable to put them away. The second power play unit had some trouble but I like the group Capuano put together, the line was Rakhshani, Bailey, Neiderreiter, Okposo and MacDonald. The Islanders were unable to connect on the first power play but still kept the pressure up. It was a strong first period for the Islanders who outshot the Senators 14 to 8.
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 conferenc...
The Islanders look to build off their win from earlier in the week and start a second half playoff push with a game against Ottawa tomorrow night. The Islanders are currently riding a hot streak getting 5 out of a possible 6 points in the last 3 games. This has the Islanders only 9 points out of playoff spot with plenty of time left in the season.
A couple of the sparks in the Islanders last win were the Bridgeport call ups of Kevin Poulin and Rhett Rakhshani. Poulin made his contribution playing a great game between the pipes, which showed many fans why he is considered the goaltender of the future. Rakhshani was a great move in my eyes as he was a spark plug on a line with Matt Martin and Josh Bailey. The whole game the line was buzzing around the ice and creating chances. Hopefully they will get another chance in Ottawa to keep showing that they are improving their chances and create more secondary scoring which is what this team needs.
Every year NHL fans gather in the winter season for one special occasion, the NHL All-Star Game. The All-Star game hosts a collection of NHL celebrities, ranging from the players to coaches and management. There is always something for the fans to look forward to and anytime the All-Star game is coming around, you’re going to hear about it.
This year we will see the All-Star game taking place in Ottawa, home of the Senators. It’s no secret that Ottawa has been trying to land a big NHL event in their city for a long while and their one success on landing some event would be the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. With the All-Star Game arriving in Ottawa this season, the city has tons ...
The year began with a clear banner among Senators fans, the team was going to #failforNail and be the worst team in the league. Many Senators fans weren't neccesarily buying that plan, but it would be a dire year regardless.
The Senators were projected to finish somewhere between 15th and maybe, with absurd optimism, 10th in the Eastern Conference. Well over the halfway point of the season the Seantors look as though they may be buyers come trade deadline. Huh?
Seriously, team owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray are on the same page with this one too: if the Senators continue to roll, they will be looking to add talent to their roster near deadline day. So what w...
The Ottawa Senators don’t mind trailing late in games. In fact, after tonight’s victory they lead the league in wins when trailing after two periods with six.
Philadelphia (24-12-4) went into the final period with a 4-2 lead. Ottawa (22-15-6) was able to cut the deficit to one at the 3:11 mark of the third period. Senator forward Colin Greening came streaking down the left side of the ice and made a pass to Jason Spezza positioned on the opposite side of the crease.
Ilya Bryzgalov was in a position to make a play on the puck. Matt Carle was trailing Spezza, who put out his stick and deflected the puck rather than intercepting it and Bryzgalov was unable to adjust.
Even though the Senators are the “comeback kids” of the league this one is on the Flyers. An own goal, missed scoring opportunities, and sloppy handling is not the way to close out games.
Erik Karlsson scored the equalizer with 13:41 left in the game. Karlsson stripped Jaromir Jagr and bolted down the left side of the ice. With a Senator forward evenly skating with Karlsson on the right side Bryzgalov was unable to commit to Karlsson. Karlsson zip-lined a snapshot that went between the goalie’s legs.
Fewer events in sport are more exciting than a golden goal.
On Saturday afternoon fans of the Philadelphia Flyers bared witness to an even more exciting event when Daniel Briere scored his third goal of the game with 5.2 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.