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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens

Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 12:00 AM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 49 14 32 3 92 174 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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