The Islanders are in Ottawa for the back half of a traveling back-to-back after disposing of the Coyotes last night in New York. A win would bring their win streak to six.
The Senators, as expected, are at the bottom of the league with only five standings points so far. But Barry Trotz did his best to respect the opposition and praise the job of their new coach, DJ Smith:
“They play hard. They got a young group. They come at ya’.”
"To me the back-to-backs aren't physical, they're just mental. Guys will tell you that sometimes you feel better the second night." - Coach Trotz ahead of tonight's game in Ottawa. pic.twitter.com/sfQo6cLZHq— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 25, 2019
Trotz also predicted a “line blender” to see whoever is going after they flew out last night for this one. And he said “I think our power play is pretty good, but we never get to see it” before suggesting maybe players need to lay off the refs — “[The refs] have a tough job, the only time I yell is when I know I’m right. And that’s not too often.”
We can at least anticipate Thomas Greiss in goal after Semyon Varlamov won last night.
The Senators sound like they’ll use the same lineup that beat the Red Wings two nights ago:
Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair
Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Bobby Ryan
Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis -- J.C. Beaudin -- Scott Sabourin
Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev
Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey
Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo