Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- NHL number one star Jaroslav Halak will lead the Islanders against the Ottawa Senators tonight at Nassau Coliseum.
The contest will be the first meeting between the Islanders and Senators this season. The Islanders went 2-1-0 against Ottawa in 2013-14, winning both games on the road, but falling at home. Tonight is the first of a home-and-home between the Isles and Sens.
Head coach Jack Capuano will play the same lineup that was featured in Saturday's 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils and Halak will go for his 10th consecutive win. Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators.
Tonight's game will be the firs one in the month of December after the Islanders had their best November in recent memory. Capuano believes the team needs to keep the consistency they had in the previous month.
"It's consistency in all areas of our game and how we play," he said after the Isles optional morning skate. "Our attitude and how we approach when we come to the rink with that attitude to get better. Don't change anything. Our guys know how they have to play. Hopefully we can continue to do the little things and the intangibles that it takes to win games.
"Stay structured and keep our work ethic, and match the intensity of the opposition."
The Islanders have gone 9-24-6 in their last three Novembers.
"You just want to keep building off the good things,"John Tavares said about the team going forward. "I don't think you ever want to be satisfied, so you want to keep getting better and find the areas we can better in. There are certainly a few and we know we have the talent in here, but we can't lose that work ethic and that attention to detail."
The Senators have struggled lately and sit in seventh place in the Atlantic Division. Chris Neil and the rest of the Ottawa team know that the Islanders are a dangerous team.
"They're a team that has some good, young players and they can score goals. So if we're not good in our own end they can fill the back of the net on you," Neil said.