The Senators this week

A look at games coming up over the next seven days.

The Senators this week

TUESDAY AT LONG ISLAND

For the past couple seasons, the Islanders have had the potential to be a dark horse playoff team in a wide-open Eastern Conference. They’ve come up short in their attempts to lock down their first postseason berth since 2007, but don’t look now: With 20 games remaining, they’re sitting just two points back of eighth place and they’re heating up. The Islanders have been one of National Hockey League’s hottest teams in the month of March, going 5-1-1. The difference-maker has been improved defence. Although the Isles are still 29th in the NHL in goals against per game, they’ve allowed just 12 goals over those seven games this month. If they can keep it up, bubble teams will have yet another squad to keep an eye on.
7 p.m., TV: SNET-E
Radio: Team 1200 AM

THURSDAY VS BOSTON

Although the Bruins trail the Northeast Division-leading Montreal Canadiens by a single point, all is not perfect in Bruinland. Not only did they drop their game Sunday in Pittsburgh, they also lost high-scoring centre David Krejci (24 points in 26 games) to injury. Krejci took a shot off the knee and had to be helped off the ice, unable to apply any pressure to his leg. On the plus side, the Bruins are recent Stanley Cup winners for a reason: Depth. Between Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton and others, they should be just fine. This will be second meeting in as many weeks at Scotiabank Place between these two teams, with the Bruins picking up a 3-2 shootout victory last Monday. Memories of Daugavins.
7:30 p.m., TV: SNET-E, TVA
Radio: Team 1200 AM

SATURDAY VS TAMPA BAY

While the Islanders are a team on the rise, the Lightning have been in freefall since rattling off six wins in their first seven games to open the season. As a result, a team that once looked like a strong contender to run away with the Southeast Division crown is now sitting 12th in the East, six points out of a playoff spot and five points up on the basement-dwelling Florida Panthers. Steven Stamkos is up to his old tricks, currently leading the NHL with 20 goals and sitting third in scoring with 38 points. Unfortunately, the same old defensive problems persist. Could head coach Guy Boucher, who was brought in at least in part to improve the team’s play in its own end, be reaching the end of his run behind the Lightning bench? Missing the postseason isn’t an option.
2 p.m., SNET-E, TVA
Radio: Team 1200 AM

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