Game Preview: New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens 2/21/13
Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
|New York Islanders
6-9-1 (13 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
9-3-4 (22 points - 1st in Northeast Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
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Chris King: Play-by-play
|Season series (2011-12)
The Islanders went 2-2-0 against the Canadiens last season, winning the final contest 3-2 in a shootout. Mark Streit and Frans Nielsen (one assist) scored in regulation, and in the sixth round of the breakaway competition, Josh Bailey netted the game-deciding goal.
The Islanders and Canadiens will meet twice more this season, with both games at the Coliseum.
Mar. 17, 2012: NYI 3, MTL 2 (SO) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Canadiens player to watch
Tomas Plekanec - Center
Tomas Plekanec leads Montreal with 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 16 games this season. The Kladno, Czech Republic native has scored 20-plus goals in five of the last six seasons, while missing only 10 games during that span. Plekanec leads the team with 50 shots on goal and 341 faceoffs taken this season.
•The Islanders are on game two of a three-game road trip, with a loss Tuesday at Ottawa and a game coming up at Buffalo on Saturday.
•Travis Hamonic scored his second goal of the season Tuesday at Ottawa, matching his goal output from 2011-12.
•If he dresses for tonight's game, Matt Moulson will take sole possession of third place on the franchise all-time leader board with 262 consecutive games played, passing Denis Potvin.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 10 Keith Aucoin
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Marty Reasoner - 21 Kyle Okposo
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 52 Joe Finley
20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
|Montreal Canadiens projected lines
21 Brian Gionta - 14 Tomas Plekanec - 17 Rene Bourque
72 Erik Cole - 51 David Desharnais - 67 Max Pacioretty
8 Brandon Prust - 27 Alex Galchenyuk - 81 Lars Eller
32 Travis Moen - 53 Ryan White - 20 Colby Armstrong
26 Josh Gorges - 61 Raphael Diaz
74 Alexei Emelin - 79 Andrei Markov
55 Francis Bouillon - 76 PK Subban
31 Carey Price
30 Peter Budaj
|Quote of the Day
“I thought we had some good chances tonight. Our guys played hard. We had some looks. We’ve just got to bear down a little bit more."
Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano,