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
The Islanders return home and host the Canadiens Saturday night. (7:00 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM)

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

Quote of the Day:
Lower Lobby Opens at 5pm
Doors Open at 5:45pm
50/50 Raffle benefitting the Islanders Children’s Foundation
Mercedes Benz Chuck-a-Puck
Pre-Order Your Stadium Series™ Jersey
Upcoming Toy Drive on 12/21

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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. Bailey 5 2 3 2 5
J. Tavares 5 1 3 0 4
K. Okposo 5 2 1 1 3
N. Leddy 5 0 3 -2 3
R. Strome 5 2 0 0 2
B. Nelson 4 2 0 0 2
C. Clutterbuck 5 1 1 1 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
C. Cizikas 5 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 5 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 2 3 1 .913 2.61
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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