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SENATORS (23-38-5) at ISLANDERS (37-21-7)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, TSN5, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Islanders will try to avoid losing a third straight game in regulation for the first time this season when they host the Ottawa Senators at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday in the first of a home-and-home series.

New York has been hit hard by the flu during the past two days and recalled forwards Michael Dal Colle and Joshua Ho-Sang from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. The Islanders are 2-4-1 in their past seven games and 1-3-0 on a five-game homestand, a slump that has dropped them into second place in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind the Washington Capitals.

Islanders coach Barry Trotz will try for the third time to get his 800th NHL win.

Ottawa, which hosts the Islanders on Thursday, ended a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory at the Florida Panthers on Sunday. It was Marc Crawford’s first win as Senators coach after he replaced Guy Boucher on March 1.

 

Players to watch

Senators forward Colin White has two assists in his past three games.

Islanders forward Andrew Ladd has an assist in each of the three games he’s played since returning from a lower-body injury on Feb. 26.

 

They said it

“Teams find ways to rally around big losses like (John Tavares). That’s what we’re trying to do. We lost (Matt) Duchene, (Mark) Stone and (Ryan) Dzingel, so obviously it’s a little late now to kind of get anything going. But that’s what teams need to do when they lose a guy like that, especially a captain.” — Senators forward Zack Smith

“We have enough depth on this team to be just fine. Obviously it stinks having guys sick and not feeling well, but it’s kind of our team’s turn to go through the flu bug or whatever it is. It’s just part of the grind of the season.” — Islanders captain Anders Lee

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady TkachukChris Tierney — Colin White

Anthony DuclairJean-Gabriel PageauBobby Ryan

Zack Smith — Oscar LindbergMagnus Paajarvi

Rudolfs BalcersBrian GibbonsMikkel Boedker

Thomas ChabotDylan DeMelo

Ben HarpurCody Ceci

Mark BorowieckiChristian Jaros

Craig Anderson

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Christian Wolanin

Injured: None

 

Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee — Brock NelsonJordan Eberle

Anthony BeauvillierMathew BarzalJosh Bailey

Andrew Ladd — Valtteri FilppulaLeo Komarov

Michael Dal Colle — Casey Cizikas — Joshua Ho-Sang

Nick LeddyJohnny Boychuk

Adam PelechRyan Pulock

Devon ToewsScott Mayfield

Robin Lehner

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Thomas Hickey, Luca Sbisa, Dennis Seidenberg, Ross Johnston, Tom Kuhnhackl

Injured: Matt Martin (upper body) , Cal Clutterbuck (upper body)

 

Status report

Martin participated in the morning skate but is not expected to play. … Cizikas, who left during the third period of a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday because of the flu, is feeling better and is expected to play.

 

Stat pack

Smith will play his 600th NHL game; he made his debut at Nassau Coliseum on Nov. 29, 2008. … New York has won its past five games against Ottawa, including a 6-3 win at Barclays Center on Dec. 28. The Islanders are 31-2-2 this season when they score at least three goals and 6-19-5 when they don’t.

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