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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 / News
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Game Preview: Islanders vs. Canadiens
The Islanders kick off their final road trip of the season in Montreal. (7:30 p.m., MSG PLUS 2, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI News 103.9 FM)

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 PIT 32 22 6 4 102 72 48
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
8 WSH 32 16 10 6 95 85 38
9 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
10 FLA 31 14 9 8 69 79 36
11 OTT 33 14 13 6 89 92 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 32 14 15 3 79 102 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 6 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 1 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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