Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens
|New York Islanders
13-13-3 (29 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
19-5-5 (43 points - 1st in Northeast Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring
Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play
|Season series (2-0-0)
The Islanders look to close out the season series with a perfect record against Montreal for the first time since 1983-84. In the first meeting between the two squads this season on Feb 21, rookie defenseman Thomas Hickey scored his first career goal to give the Isles an overtime win. The Islanders then ended Montreal’s 11-game point streak with a 6-3 win at the Coliseum on Mar. 5. The Canadiens have not lost in regulation since.
Mar. 5, 2013: NYI 6, MTL 3 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
|Canadiens player to watch
Max Pacioretty - Left Wing
With 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 25 games, the fifth-year NHL veteran is on pace to lead the Canadiens in scoring for the second consecutive time. Although he was kept off the score sheet in the last matchup between the Isles and Habs, he scored twice in the Islanders 4-3 overtime win in late February.
•The Isles come into Thursday’s game with at least one point in seven of their last nine games (5-2-2).
•After going 2-1-0 on a three-game road trip, the Islanders are in the midst of their final extended home stand of the season. The first game back at the Coliseum ended in a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins will visit Long Island on Friday followed by the Panthers on Sunday.
•Brad Boyes has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last eight games.
Last 10 games
|New York Islanders projected lines
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes
12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald - 10 Keith Aucoin
36 Eric Boulton – 16 Marty Reasoner –17 Matt Martin
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
|Montreal Canadiens projected lines
21 Brian Gionta – 14 Tomas Plekanec – 73 Michael Ryder
67 Max Pacioretty – 51 David Desharnais – 11 Brendan Gallagher
27 Alex Galchenyuk – 81 Lars Eller – 20 Colby Armstrong
32 Travis Moen - 37 Gabriel Dumont – 53 Ryan White
74 Alexei Elemin – 79 Andrei Markov
26 Josh Gorges – 76 PK Subban
42 Jarred Tinordi – 55 Francois Bouillon
31 Carey Price
30 Peter Budaj
|What's Happening At The Coliseum
•Doors Open at 5:45pm