Senators 6, Islanders 4
Robin Lehner won his first NHL start, making 20 saves in Ottawa's two-goal win at Nassau Coliseum.
6) THE ISLANDERS WILL PICK FOURTH
The second half will be better than the first, and 20-year-old goaltender Kevin Poulin will get to show Isles fans why he’s the most important prospect they have, but it’s off to the top of the draft board yet again.
FILIP KUBA, Senators
Contract: UFA in 2012, $3.7 million cap hit
You wouldn't think there'd be a market for a 34-year-old power-play defenseman with a year left on his contract and only six points this season. But this is trade-deadline time, when no rumor is too wild to ignored.
One report suggested the Rangers were looking at the hard-shooting Kuba, who had his best season (15 goals) playing for John Tortorella in Tampa Bay in 2006-07. Our opinion is that the Rangers would be doing Ottawa a favor by giving up anything of value for Kuba, who is minus-26 this year.
Milan Michalek #9 of the Ottawa Senators leaps over a diving Andrew MacDonald #47 of the New York Islanders as he skated into the Islanders zone during the first period of an NHL hockey game at the Nassau Coliseum. (Jan. 13, 2011)