SENATORS (44-27-10) at ISLANDERS (40-29-12)
5 p.m. ET; MSG+, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV
Senators team scope
The Ottawa Senators have clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but head into their regular-season finale not knowing who they will face in the Eastern Conference First Round. If the Toronto Maple Leafs get a point in their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, the Senators will play the Maple Leafs in the first round. Otherwise, the Senators, who clinched second place in the Atlantic Division with a 3-1 win against the New York Rangers on Saturday, will play the Boston Bruins. "For us to come in [Saturday] and just keep pressing … it's a good feeling to know that you're going into the playoffs playing good hockey," forward Mark Stone said. "We're a little bit undermanned for those last couple of games and we were able to find a way. Looks like we're going to get some guys back heading into the playoffs, so we're pretty confident with the way we're going. We've got home ice, so we're happy to start here." Defenseman Erik Karlsson will miss his third straight game with a lower-body injury, but said Saturday he expects to be ready for the start of the playoffs.
Islanders team scope
The New York Islanders, who are playing their season finale, were eliminated from playoff contention when the Maple Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Saturday. The Islanders learned their fate about an hour after they defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2 for their fifth straight win. "All we wanted was to give ourselves a chance and we gave ourselves that," forward Jason Chimera told Newsday before Toronto's victory. New York will miss the playoffs for the seventh time in the past 10 seasons.
Senators projected lineup
Islanders projected lineup
Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube
Neither team held a morning skate Sunday. … With second place in the Atlantic Division wrapped up, Anderson, Stone, Stalberg, Turris, Hoffman and Phaneuf may all rest Sunday, according to the Ottawa Citizen.
Hoffman has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past 12 games. … Turris has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past nine games. … Lee has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past four games, including two goals on Saturday to give him 33 this season, an NHL career high. … Halak is 5-1-0 with nine goals allowed and one shutout in his past six games since being recalled from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.
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