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 ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders at Canadiens
The Islanders wrap up a four-game road trip Sunday night in Montreal. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

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."


SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 6 2 4 3 6
J. Bailey 6 2 3 2 5
N. Leddy 6 0 5 1 5
R. Strome 6 2 1 1 3
K. Okposo 6 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 6 2 1 2 3
B. Nelson 5 2 0 1 2
N. Kulemin 6 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
J. Boychuk 6 0 2 1 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 3 1 .926 2.34
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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