New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens - game preview

Islanders looking for February surge

Thursday, 02.9.2012 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Katrina Doell
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New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens - game preview
Team Record: 22-22-8
Last Game: 1-0 SO W @ PHI
Season Series: 1-1-0 of 4
Team Record: 21-24-9
Last Game: 3-2 SO W vs PIT
Season Series: 1-1-0 of 4
Frans Nielsen
During Tuesday night’s game in Philadelphia, news leaked that Frans Nielsen had signed a contract extension. The team confirmed the report via Twitter and made the official announcement Wednesday that the Danish forward had signed a four-year extension.

It was only appropriate amid the news circulating of his extension that Nielsen would score what would be the game winner in a shootout. Nielsen was the first shooter, beating Ilya Bryzgalof glove-side. Aside from being known as one of the top defensive forwards in the league, Nielsen has become a shootout specialist and he is 20 of 34 (58.8%) which is the best in the NHL. 

Nielsen has been hot-handed lately. Last Saturday, he had two goals and an assist in the SO loss to Buffalo.
Tomas Plekanec
The 29-year-old center is third on Canadiens in scoring with 36 points (11g/25a) and his shot off the post in the eighth round of a shootout led the Habs over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night.

Plekanec and linemates Mathieu Darche and Travis Moen contributed to holding the league’s leading scorer, Evgeni Malkin to an assist on Tuesday. 

On Wednesday night, the Habs were sitting at 13th place in the Eastern Division with 51 points, one behind the Islanders.
#didyouknow: Both Frans Nielsen and John Tavares are one assist shy of 100 in their career.

He’s tweeting: @Aaron_Ness made his NHL debut on Thursday night in Philly. He was shown a lot of support from Sound Tigers and Islanders fans on Twitter and he thanked them after Tuesday night’s win. At 11:22 p.m. on Feb. 7 he tweeted: "Thanks for all the support everyone. I had a great time out there."

Worth mentioning: Canadiens forward Travis Moen returned from a five-game absence due to an upper body injury on Tuesday. He missed practice on Wednesday due to the birth of his daughter and is expected to play on Thursday.

Shooting stars: Both the Canadiens and the Islanders took down top eight teams in a shootout on Tuesday night.

A-Mac attack: The Isles d-man has had 10 shots on goal and is plus-five in the last five games. 


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The Canadiens evened the season series with the Islanders with a 5-3 win on Dec. 13, 2011 at Centre Bell. Matt Moulson opened the scoring before Andrei Kostitsyn, Mathieu Darche and Erik Cole put the Habs up 3-1. The Isles rallied as Josh Bailey and John Tavares tied the score at three before Petteri Nokelainen netted the game-winner. Hall Gill added an empty-netter for insurance as Carey Price and co. skated to the victory.


Click the photo for gallery from last game.
Player
Date of
Injury
Games
Missed
Prognosis
Katic 9/24 Shoulder 52 out indef. (IR)
DiPietro 1/3 Sports hernia/knee swelling 16 10 weeks
Mottau 12/30 Concussion 17 No timetbl. (IR)
Jurcina 2/4 Elbow laceration 3 Day-to-day
Reasoner 1/6 Broken hand 14 No timetbl. (IR)
Islanders
Power play: 19.4%
Penalty kill: 85.1%
Home record: 11-11-5
Road record: 11-11-3
Goals For: 126
Goals Against: 150
Canadiens
Power play: 12.3%
Penalty kill: 89.9%
Home record: 11-11-7
Road record: 10-13-2
Goals For: 140
Goals Against: 147



Answer from Tuesday's: When was the last time the Islanders won consecutive games in Philadelphia? The answer is: 2006-07. The Islanders won all four games at the Wells Fargo Center that season, ultimately taking the season series 6-2. .
With defenseman Dylan Reese out for 4-6 weeks with a left MCL knee sprain, and Milan Jurcina day-to-day with an elbow laceratoin, the lineup is unclear. Check back after morning media availabilty for lineups.

Canadiens (Expected) Lineups
Forwards: Pacioretty-Desharnais-Cole; Darche-Plekanec-Moen; Bourque-Leblanc-Eller; Campoli-Gomez-Palushaj

Defensemen:
Subban-Gorges; Emelin-Kaberle; Weber-Gill

Goaltenders:
Price, Budaj


Frans Nielsen on signing a four-year contract extension: “It’s a very good day for me. I’m very proud to be here and for the next four years. They’ve really treated me really good here all the years that I’ve lived here. New York is a great city and it’s a great organization.””

Cory Wright contributed to this story

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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