Game Preview: New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens 2/21/13

Thursday, 02.21.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens 2\/21\/13
Isles travel to Montreal to take on the Canadiens for the first time this season
New York Islanders
6-9-1 (13 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 12th in Eastern Conference)
4-3-1 road
Montreal Canadiens
9-3-4 (22 points - 1st in Northeast Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
7-3-0 home
7:30 p.m.
Bell Centre
Montreal, QC

Television: MSG+2
Howie Rose: Play-by-play, Butch Goring: Color

Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
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.
 
 
Islanders Storylines
•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.
The Matchup
Islanders
23.9% (16/67)
83.9 (47/56)
46
57
3-7-0

    

 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

  

Canadiens
18.0% (14/78)
83.8% (62/74)
46
35
7-2-1
 
 
 
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
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

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey - 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 52 Joe Finley

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
39 Rick DiPietro
Montreal Canadiens projected lines
Forwards
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

Defensemen
26 Josh Gorges - 61 Raphael Diaz
74 Alexei Emelin - 79 Andrei Markov
55 Francis Bouillon - 76 PK Subban

Goaltenders
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,
following Tuesday's loss at Ottawa

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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