From the teams website:
Ottawa Senators at New York Islanders
Gametime: 7:30 p.m. EST
Uniondale, NY (March 2) - The last time these two teams
met (Jan. 17), the Islanders carried a 3-1 lead midway
through the final period. Then Eric Cairns lost his cool, put
his team shorthanded and the Senators ended up tying the game in
regulation. Marian Hossa provided the game-winner in overtime as he
beat Kevin Weekes and shocked the Islanders, which had played over 50
minutes of superior hockey.
The Senators are 2-0-1 in their last three games and 6-3-1 in their
last 10. However, their club continues to look for consistency amid
several key injuries and sporadic lapses in play. Their top two left
wings in Magnus Arvedson and Shawn McEachern are both on the injured
D Sami Salo, who had an outstanding rookie campaign a year ago, has
battled an assortment of ailments and re-injured his knee two nights
G Ron Tugnutt ripped his teammates in today's Ottawa Sun after the
Senators nearly blew a 4-0 third-period lead in holding on to a 5-3
win against Boston on Tuesday.
The Senators are wondering publicly if they have the makeup of a
post-season contender. Head Coach Jacques Martin has been critical of
his team's commitment (or lack thereof) to defense.
He recently broke up the pairing of D Wade Redden and D Jason York
after a two-season run. Chris Phillips, a defenseman by trade, has
been playing left wing with McEachern, Arvedson and, recently, Joe
Juneau, being out.
Injuries have hammered Ottawa this year as they've lost 254 man-games
to a wide array of ailments. Couple that with the Alexei Yashin
situation being unresolved and you can see how it's been important
for role players like LW Colin Forbes (goal, assist in the Boston
win) to contribute each night.
The Islanders have played the Senators extremely tough this season.
Butch Goring's troops notched a 1-1 tie at the Corel Centre on Dec.
11. As was previously stated about the Jan. 17 matchup, the
Islanders outplayed the visitors for most of the Martin Luther King
matchup--only to let the Senators steal the victory.
Tonight's projected lineups:
(25) Josh Green-(32) Jorgen Jonsson-(44) Mark Lawrence
(13) Claude Lapointe-(18) Tim Connolly-(21) Mariusz Czerkawski
(39) Sean Haggerty-(38) Dave Scatchard-(62) Olli Jokinen
(12) Mike Watt-(17) Ted Drury-(8) Steve Webb/(43) Mikael Andersson
(3) Zdeno Chara-(58) Aris Brimanis
(29) Kenny Jonsson-(33) Eric Cairns
(7) Ray Schultz-(34) Mathieu Biron
(80) Kevin Weekes
(35) Stephen Valiquette
LW Brad Isbister skated this morning at the team's optional pre-game
skate. He is still sidelined, but hopes to get back into action
during the upcoming road trip�The Senators bring a 16-game undefeated
streak (12-0-4) against the Islanders into tonight. They haven't lost
Jan. 6, 1996 and the Islanders are one of only three teams who Ottawa
has a lifetime winning record against. Ottawa has outshot the
Islanders for a combined 82-48 advantage in this season's two
contests. The Islanders haven't had 30 shots in a game since their
4-2 win at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 13, a span of seven
contests. D Zdeno Chara is fifth in the NHL in hits with 240. He
trails Washington's Brendan Witt, who has 261. D Jamie Rivers is
18th in the league with 174 hits. LW Claude Lapointe is 10th in the
NHL in faceoff winning percentage with a 54.3% (minimum 950 draws). C
Dave Scatchard is fourth in the league in the same category, 57.3%
with a (minimum 700 draws). D Eric Cairns is fourth in the NHL in
penalty minutes with 161. RW Steve Webb improved his league-leading
hits per minutes played ratio to one hit for every 2:20 played. In
the 3-2 defeat to Washington on Monday, Webb had three hits in 3:10
The Islanders have the second-highest number of players used
in the NHL in 1999-2000. Counting recently-promoted LW Sean Haggerty
and G Stephen Valiquette, the Islanders will have dressed 43
different players. Tampa Bay leads with 46. The only three non-junior
players in the organization not to play with the big club are RW Petr
(Lowell), LW Daniel Lacroix (Chicago) and RW Mike Mader (Trenton).
The Islanders had started the season as the NHL's youngest team, and
they've gotten younger. They started at 25.3 years of age. Now, the
Islanders average is 24.8. In Lowell, RW Dmitri Nabokov has nine
assists in his last three games, including two in last night's 3-2
win over Cincinnati.
ON THE MEND: C Mats Lindgren (left shoulder surgery), RW Bill
Muckalt (left shoulder surgery) and G Wade Flaherty (right shoulder
surgery) are out for the year. D Ray Giroux (broken right index
finger, four weeks retroactive to Feb. 10), LW Brad Isbister
(sprained left ankle, 1-2 weeks), D Jamie Rivers (bruised
foot, day-to-day) and D Jamie Heward (non-displaced fracture on
right ankle, out 4-6 weeks retroactive to Feb. 17) are out for
For Ottawa, LW Magnus Arvedson (abdominal surgery), C Mike Fisher
(knee surgery), LW Shawn McEachern (clavicle injury), D Sami Salo
(sprained MCL) and Yves Sarault (back spasms) are out. LW Joe Juneau
(hip flexor) and D Patrick Traverse (bruised shoulder) have
been cleared to play after being out of the lineup the last two
On the heartbreaking loss to Washington:
"In some ways, it typified this year. You like to think when you're
going well that you get all the breaks and bounces. When you're
struggling, it's the other way around. No matter what, we're
still continuing to play with effort and energy so that down the road
maybe we get those things to turn in our favor.
"They have a lot of experience and are a very good hockey team. They
don't make a whole lot of mistakes and check you hard. It'll be a
close game and I think we'll be up to the task."
On Jason Krog being sent down:
"As I've said, we want to look at everyone in the organization and
see where they are. This was Jason's second recall and he looked a
lot better. He still needs to work on one ingredient-quickness.
Before he left, I talked to him about it and told him there's no
he shouldn't play in the NHL. I liked what I saw. I liken him to
[Florida's] Ray Whitney. He's not the greatest skater, but gets from
point A to B in swift, darted movements. Jason's the same way, an
intellectual player who makes plays."
On Sean Haggerty:
"'Haggs' hasn't had a great opportunity to play over the last few
years. But it's no coincidence that this year's his best in his pro
"He has to score goals, firstly. We wanted him to get settled [before
calling him up before other players] and get back to his game. You'd
think this guy is 27-28 with the time he's stuck around. He's only 22
and it's time to check him out."
FROM THE LOCKERROOM:
On being recalled later than other players:
"In other years, it would have bothered me. But this year was
different. I focused on playing well down there and good things
happened. With playing well, you get rewarded.
On playing in Kansas City [IHL]:
"I got off to a pretty hot start and kept it going. Even when I hit a
little bit of a slump, I was able to get out of it quickly. We're
fighting for a playoff spot so it definitely helped me keep my
On how he felt skating today for the first time with his teammates:
"It felt real good to be out there. I've been looking forward to
re-joining them. I wasn't going too hard and didn't try to force it.
It still isn't ready to go. It feels fine walking around. But when you
put on the skate, that's when I feel it. It has to do with my ankle
stability more than anything else.
On a timetable for his return:
"I don't have one yet. I think we're getting close, but I certainly
don't want to push it. Of course I want to play against Phoenix [next
Thursday], but I'm not going to rush it and miss other games
On his promotion to the big club:
"I sort of knew something was going on the last couple of weeks.
[Islander goaltending coach] Gilles Gilbert had been working with me
a lot and for some reason I felt a move may be made.
"It's been an interesting year. I've played on four teams in three
leagues. It's been cool, especially now that I'm on Long Island."
On what he can learn up here:
"Getting the practice time will help, big-time. One thing I noticed
the last time I came up was the pace-it's so much quicker up here.
That's where I think just being around the team, even if I
don't get a lot of games, is going to help my development. It's so
much slower down [in the minors]."