Game Preview: Islanders at Canadiens

The Islanders wrap up a four-game road trip Sunday night in Montreal.

Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 3:36 AM / News
By Cory Wright

New York Islanders
6-8-3 (15 points – 5th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference)
3-5-0 road
Montreal Canadiens
8-8-1 (17 points - 6th in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference)
4-4-1 home
6:00 p.m.
Bell Centre
Montreal, Que.
 
 
Television: MSG PLUS 2
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Chris King: Play-by-play; Greg Picker: Color
2012-13 season series (2-1-0)

The Islanders won the season series, taking four of a possible six points from the Canadiens. Two blueliners, Thomas Hickey and Radek Martinek, scored the game-winners for the Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov was in goal for both wins.
The Isles won the only meeting in Montreal, a gutsy 4-3 comeback win in overtime.

LAST GAME: 
Mar. 21, 2013: MTL 5, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Canadiens player to watch
P.K. Subban - Defenseman

Subban is having another strong season as the league's reigning Norris Trophy winner. The 24-year-old defenseman leads the Canadiens with 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 17 games this season. Subban's slap shot is as good as they come and at 6'0, 217 lbs., he can throw his body with force. The Isles have to be aware of #76 at the point tonight.

 
 
Islanders Storylines
• Crossin' the Atlantic: The Islanders are 2-0-1 against Atlantic division teams this season. That record is put to the test against a Canadiens team with a 3-0-0 record against the Metropolitan division. 
Special Teams: Montreal boasts a top-three power play and penalty kill this season. A 23.4% conversion rate means the Isles have to play disciplined hockey.
End of the Road: The Islanders wrap up a four-game road trip in Montreal.
The Matchup
Islanders
18.5% (14th)
76.0% (28th)
47
51
3-6-1


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Canadiens
23.4 (3rd)
87.3% (4th)
44
38
3-6-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner - 16 Peter Regin -
13 Colin McDonald
36 Eric Boulton - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic
55 Aaron Ness - 7 Matt Carkner
14 Thomas Hickey - 46 Matt Donovan

Goaltenders
20 Evgeni Nabokov
60 Kevin Poulin
Montreal Canadiens previous game lines
Forwards
67 Max Pacioretty - 14 Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
27 Alex Galchekyuk - 81 Lars Eller - 11 Brenden Gallagher
49 Michael Bournival - 51 David Desharnais - 17 Rene Bourque
32 Travis Moen - 53 Ryan White - 15 George Parros
 
Defensemen
76 P.K. Subban - 79 Andre Markov
26 Josh Georges - 61 Raphael Diaz
55 Francis Bouillon - 6 Douglas Murray

Goaltenders
31 Carey Price
30 Peter Budaj
Quote of the Day:

Jack Capuano on tonight's matchup with Montreal:
"They are well-rested and they are a good team. They are a fast team and a lot different team than we played last year with the health that they have."


STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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