Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens

Tuesday, 03.5.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens
Isles play fifth straight game at home; host Montreal at 7:00 p.m.
New York Islanders
9-11-2 (20 points – 5th in Atlantic Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
3-8-1 home
Montreal Canadiens
14-4-4 (32 points - 1st in Northeast Division, 1st in Eastern Conference)
6-1-2 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY

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


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
Season series (1-0-0)
The Islanders and Canadiens met once earlier this season at Bell Centre, with the Islanders taking a 4-3 win in overtime on Feb. 21. Matt Moulson scored twice, and John Tavares earned two assists as the Islanders overcame two different two-goal deficits. Thomas Hickey's first NHL goal at 3:12 of the extra period was the difference maker.

Feb. 21, 2013: NYI 4, MTL 3 (OT) - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Canadiens player to watch
Michael Ryder - Right Wing
The 32-year-old Michael Ryder has just one assist in three games since re-joining the Canadiens via trade from Dallas last week, but he posted two goals and seven assists during a six-game point streak leading up to the deal. The Canadiens eighth-round (216th overall) pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft skated in 314 games for Montreal from 2003-2008, and has eclipsed 30 goals on three separate occasions.
Islanders Storylines
•The Isles have scored five first-period goals in their last four games after scoring only seven first-period goals in their first 18 games.
•With a shootout win on Mar. 3 vs. Ottawa, the Islanders improve to 2-0 in the shootout this season. Evgeni Nabokov has stopped all four shooters he has faced in the skills competition.
John Tavares and Matt Moulson have combined for 23 goals, the most amongst any two teammates in the league.
The Matchup
Islanders
22.1% (19/86)
84.2% (64/76)
64
75
5-4-1
    

 
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
 
  
Canadiens
19.0% (19/100)
82.6% (71/86)
68
53
7-0-3
 
 
 
 
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen - 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Marty Reasoner - 41 David Ullstrom
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

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

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

Montreal Canadiens projected lines
Forwards
32 Travis Moen - 14 Tomas Plekanec - 73 Michael Ryder
67 Max Pacioretty - 51 David Desharnais - 11 Brendan Gallagher
8 Brandon Prust - 81 Lars Eller - 21 Brian Gionta
20 Colby Armstrong - 27 Alex Galchenyuk - 53 Ryan White

Defensemen
26 Josh Gorges - 76 PK Subban
74 Alexei Emelin - 79 Andrei Markov
22 Tomas Kaberle - 55 Francis Bouillon

Goaltenders
31 Carey Price
30 Peter Budaj

What's Happening at the Coliseum

•Doors Open at 5:45pm
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
FourSquare Offer: Check into the Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (first 50 receive a special gift)
Team Store Offer: Spend $100 and receive a NY Islanders fleece, or spend $150 and receive 2 tickets to a select future game
50/50 Raffle
Chuck-A-Puck
Sticks and Steaks

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 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 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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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