Offensively challenged Senators visit Islanders

Ottawa (6-8-2) at NY Islanders (5-9-2) 7:00 pm. EST

UNIONDALE, New York (Ticker) — The Ottawa Senators aim to avoid
a season-high tying fourth straight loss on Saturday in the
finale of a home-and-home series with the New York Islanders, a
team they have dominated over the years.

Ottawa’s offense has struggled mightily, averaging 2.44 goals
per game compared to last year’s mark of 3.18.

The Senators have been outscored, 9-2, during the losing streak.
Even a matchup with the Islanders couldn’t get them out of their
rut, as Ottawa lost for just the 13th time in 60 regular-season
meetings with New York on Thursday.

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First-round draft picks Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo each scored
power-play goals as the Islanders snapped their own three-game
skid (0-2-1) with a 3-1 win.

The Islanders had been 0-10-1 in their last 11 meetings with
Ottawa and are looking to snap a six-game skid (0-5-1) to the
Senators here. New York will be without defenseman Thomas Pock,
who was suspended for five games without pay Friday for elbowing
Ottawa forward Ryan Shannon.