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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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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