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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Canadiens

The Islanders return home and host the Canadiens Saturday night.

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Canadiens

New York Islanders
9-19-5 (23 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
5-6-5 home
Montreal Canadiens
19-11-3 (41 points - 2nd in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
8-5-1 road
7:00  p.m.
Nassau Coliseum
Uniondale, NY 
 
Television: MSG PLUS
Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM
Play-by-play :Chris King
2013-14 season series (0-1-0)

The Islanders lost the series opener to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-2, at the Bell Centre on Nov. 10. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brock Nelson scored power-play goals for the Islanders, but the Habs equaled the PP production. Michael Bournival’s second period goal held up as the game-winner, while Alex Galchenyuk had his first three-point game (1g/2a). Galchekyuk's linemates, Lars Eller and Brendan Gallagher, each picked up a goal and an assist.

LAST GAME: 
Nov. 10, 2013: MTL 4, NYI 2 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
Canadiens player to watch
Alex Galchenyuk - Forward

Alex Galchenyuk is having an impact in his second season with the Canadiens. The third-overall pick in the 2012 draft is third in team scoring with 21 points (9g/12a) through 33 games. Galchenyuk had a big game the last time he faced the Islanders, notching a career-high three points (1g/2a). The Milwaukee, WI, native has points in four of his last six, including two game-winning goals.  
 
Islanders Storylines
Strome Debut: Ryan Strome will make his Islanders debut Saturday night. The fifth-overall pick in 2011 led the AHL in scoring (9-24-33) at the time of his call up. Top Line: John Tavares (2g/3a), Thomas Vanek (2g/2a) and Kyle Okposo (2g/1a) have combined for 12 points in the Islanders last three games.
•Strait/Nabokov: The Islanders are getting some reinforcements, as Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov were activated from injured reserve Thursday. Strait picked up two assists Thursday night against Phoenix.
Streaky Habs: The Canadiens have lost two straight games after winning their previous five. Overall, they are 7-2-1 in their last 10.
The Matchup
Islanders
15.6% (22nd)
71.4% (30th)
83
117
1-7-2


   
 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   

 
Canadiens
21.7 (6th)
86.1% (5th)
86
73
7-2-1
       
 
  

New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
40 Michael Grabner – 51 Frans Nielsen – 15 Cal Clutterbuck
12 Josh Bailey – 29 Brock Nelson – 13 Colin McDonald
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 36 Eric Boulton

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald –
14 Thomas Hickey
3 Travis Hamonic – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 37 Brian Strait

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
Montreal Canadiens previous game lines
Forwards
67 Max Pacioretty
51 David Desharnais 48 Danny Briere
27 Alex Galchenyuk
81 Lars Eller 11 Brendan Gallagher
8 Brandon Prust
14 Tomas Plekanec 21 Brian Gionta
15 George Parros
53 Ryan White 32 Travis Moen

Defensemen
79 Andrei Markov
76 P.K. Subban
26 Josh Gorges
74 Alexei Emelin
6 Douglas Murray
61 Raphael Diaz

Goaltenders
31 Carey Price
30 Peter Budaj

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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