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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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