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
|New York Islanders
9-19-5 (23 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)
19-11-3 (41 points - 2nd in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
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.
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.
•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.
|New York Islanders previous game lines
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
47 Andrew MacDonald – 14 Thomas Hickey
3 Travis Hamonic – 44 Calvin de Haan
55 Aaron Ness – 37 Brian Strait
60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson
|Montreal Canadiens previous game lines
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
79 Andrei Markov – 76 P.K. Subban
26 Josh Gorges – 74 Alexei Emelin
6 Douglas Murray – 61 Raphael Diaz
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