Canadian Tire Center -- Ottawa, ON
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[sny-box]The Least You Should Know About the Senators... Ottawa went 1-3-1 on a five game road trip, which included a loss to the Islanders on Tuesday night on Long Island... The Senators will honor Daniel Alfredsson, who announced his retirement today, in sorts prior to their game against the Isles. Alfredsson will skate in warmups with the Sens prior to the game.He spent 17 seasons in Ottawa... The Senators are seventh in the Atlantic Division and 10th in the Eastern Conference. [/sny-box]
The Islanders will have some fresh blood in the lineup when they take on the Ottawa Senators tonight in the Canadian capital.
Griffin Reinhart will rejoin the Isles lineup after being recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Wednesday. This will be his first game in an Islander sweater since October 14 at Madison Square Garden. Reinhart has played in three games for the Isles this season.
The Islanders could also see the return of Michael Grabner, who has not played a single game yet this season. Jack Capuano was not sure of his lines when he addressed reporters following the team's morning skating in Ottawa. Grabner could take the spot of Cal Clutterbuck, who was injured during Tuesday's game.
Grabner looked to be slated to come back relatively soon, but the Isles have allowed him extra time to fully recover since the team has been doing well without him. If he is back in the lineup Grabner will bring added speed to the Islanders lineup and another scoring touch.
Jaroslav Halak will start in net tonight. He faced the Senators in the first half of a home-and-home between the two club and backstopped the Isles to a 3-2 overtime win.
Tonight's contest will have an extra special feel to it, with Daniel Alfredsson having announced his retirement earlier today. Alfredsson will skate with Senators -- where he spent 17 years of his career and holds the all-time goals (426), assists (682), points (1,108), and games played (1,178) records -- during warmups.
On Tuesday Islanders' Captain John Tavares told reporters that "it will be pretty cool" to be a part of today's historic moment.