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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens

Thursday, 03.21.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Greg Picker
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Game Preview: New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens
New York Islanders
13-13-3 (29 points – 4th in Atlantic Division, 10th in Eastern Conference)
5-9-2 home
Montreal Canadiens
19-5-5 (43 points - 1st in Northeast Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference)
10-2-2 road
7:00 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY
 
 
Television: MSG+
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.

 
Islanders Storylines
•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.
The Matchup
Islanders
23.4% (25/107)
81.0% (77/95)
86
96
5-3-2
 
 
 
  
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10 games

 
 
     
Canadiens
20.0% (26/130)
79.6% (86/108)
92
73
7-1-2
   
 
 
 
New York Islanders projected lines
Forwards
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

Defensemen
3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald
14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky
2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin

 
 
Montreal Canadiens projected lines
Forwards
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

Defensemen
74 Alexei Elemin – 79 Andrei Markov
26 Josh Gorges – 76 PK Subban
42 Jarred Tinordi – 55 Francois 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 Nassau Coliseum and unlock 10% off your purchase at the Islanders Team Store (first 50 receive free gift)
Team Store Offer: If you catch a t-shirt shot from the ice, you’ll receive a coupon good for $10 off a $50 or more purchase
50/50 Raffle
Chuck-A-Puck
Jerseys Off The Back Auction

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 49 15 26 -7 41
J. Tavares 48 19 21 -4 40
F. Nielsen 51 15 18 0 33
B. Nelson 51 20 11 1 31
M. Grabovski 51 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 50 9 15 5 24
N. Leddy 51 3 20 -8 23
A. Lee 51 7 15 1 22
R. Strome 40 5 14 -6 19
C. Clutterbuck 50 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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