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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Canadiens

The Islanders kick off their final road trip of the season in Montreal.

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Canadiens

New York Islanders
31-37-11 (73 points – 8th in Metropolitan Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)
18-18-2 road
Montreal Canadiens
45-27-8 (98 points - 2nd in Atlantic Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference)
22-12-5 home
7:30  p.m.
Bell Centre
Montreal, PQ

Television:
MSG PLUS 2
Play-by-play:
Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring


Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News Radio 103.9 FM
Play-by-play: Chris King
Islanders Storylines
• Final Three: The Islanders play their final three games of the 2013-14 season on the road.
Strome: Ryan Strome was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team on Wednesday. 
Sundstrom: Johan Sundstrom was recalled on emergency basis from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday.
Clutterbuck: Cal Clutterbuck left Tuesday’s game with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Canadiens Storylines
• Vanek:
Former-Islander Thomas Vanek faces his old team for the first time since being dealt at the March 5 trade deadline.
Postseason Berth: The Canadiens clinched a postseason berth on April 1 and will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.
Pacioretty: Max Pacioretty is tied for third in the league with 39 goals, a career-high. Pacioretty leads the Habs with 60 points this season. 
Islanders player to watch
Frans Nielsen - Forward

Frans Nielsen is having a career-year for the Islanders, setting new highs in goals (25) and points (54). Nielsen leads all active Islanders in scoring, but sits behind John Tavares and Kyle Okposo for the overall lead. The Herning, Denmark native has goals in two of his last three games and his tally against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday was his 250th career point.
Canadiens player to watch
Thomas Vanek - Forward

Thomas Vanek will square off against the Islanders for the first time since being dealt by the team at the March 5 trade deadline. Vanek scored 44 points (17G, 24A) in 47 games for the Islanders and has 15 points (6G, 9A) in 15 games for the Canadiens. The former-Islander is heating up alongside Max Pacioretty, having scored nine points (2G, 7A) in his last six games.

2013-14 season series (0-1-1)

The Islanders are 0-1-1 against the Canadiens this season. Ryan Strome debuted in the Islanders most recent outing against the Habs, a 1-0 overtime loss at Nassau Coliseum. Evgeni Nabokov made 24 saves in his first game since Nov. 18, but the Isles could not solve Carey Price, who had a 21-save shutout..

LAST GAME: 
Dec. 14, 2013: MTL 1, NYI 0 - RECAP, BOX SCORE, HIGHLIGHTS
The Matchup
Islanders
16.8% (21st)
77.6% (29th)
216
262
5-3-2

 
 
Power play
Penalty kill
Goals for
Goals against
Last 10
    
   
 
Canadiens
17.6% (18th)
85.5% (3rd)
214
202
7-2-1
       
 
New York Islanders previous game lines
Forwards
27 Anders Lee51 Frans Nielsen – 12 Josh Bailey
56 John Persson 29 Brock Nelson15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin
– 
18 Ryan Strome 13 Colin McDonald
43 Mike Halmo – 53 Casey Cizikas –  59

Defensemen

24 Kevin Czuczman 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey 7 Matt Carkner
46 Matt Donovan 42 Scott Mayfield
  
Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson
20 Evgeni Nabokov
Montreal Canadiens previous game lines
Forwards
67 Max Pacioretty – 51 David Desharnais – 20 Thomas Vanek
27 Alex Galchenyuk – 14 Tomas Pleckanec – 11 Brendan Gallagher
17 Rene Bourque –
48 Danny Briere – 21 Brian Gionta
49 Michael Bournival – 53 Ryan White – 22 Dale Weise

Defenseman
79 Andrei Markov – 74 Alexei Emelin
26 Josh Gorges – 76 P.K. Subban
24 Jarred Tinordi – 43 Mike Weaver

Goaltenders
30 Peter Budaj
31 Carey Price
Quote of the Day:
Head Coach Jack Capuano:
When we get our team back and we’re ready and play the way that we can play, I have a lot of faith in our guys that we can make a push next year and get in the dance.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
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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