The Islanders (43-22-4) kick off a packed weekend tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators.
The Senators (31-244-11) are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and are trying to stay in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs. Ottawa is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, which includes wins over Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim. Their only loss came at the hands of the Boston Bruins.
Ottawa is seven points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders are playing their first game since falling to the New York Rangers. This game begins the team's 14th set of back-to-backs and the Islanders are 9-3-1 in the first game. The Islanders are in second place in the Metropolitan Division heading into tonight's contest.
Jaroslav Halak will be in net for the Islanders and Michael Grabner will be back in the lineup. Frans Nielsen has been given a maintenance day by the Isles' coaching staff.