Game #19

Canadiens vs. NY Islanders

Nassau Coliseum – Nov. 17/2010 – 7:05pm


Notes –

……The Islanders have won one game since October 15th.  In 15 games this season they have scored only
31 goals.

……Outside of Josh Gorges, the most experienced Canadiens defenseman in this game will be P.K. Subban who played in his 97th regular season game vs. Carolina Wednesday.  Yannick Weber will play in his 68th game,  Raphael Diaz, Alexei Emelin and Frederic St. Denis are all rookies with a combined 29 games experience.

…..The Islanders have converted only two of their last 17 power play opportunities .

…..With seven players missing from their lineup for Thursday’s game against the Islanders, the Canadiens will reach a  90 man-games lost due to injury, an average of 4.7 per game.  Only Columbus and Winnipeg have had to deal with more injuries than the Canadiens this year.

….. The Canadiens have killed all 18 of their opponents’ power plays over the last five games. The Hurricanes went 0 for 6 on Wednesday.

……. Montreal is 12-1-4 in its last 17 meetings with New York, but the Islanders won the final two games last season, including 4-1 at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 26.

…….The Islanders had a three game winning streak  October 10th to 15th.  Since then their record is 1-7-3.

……Tomas Plekanec has a goal in five consecutive games against the Islanders and a point in eight straight

……There are only four players who’s path to the NHL has included Canadian University hockey, two of them are with the Canadiens, Frederic St. Denis (Trois Rivieres) and Mathieu Darche (McGill).   The others are the Flyers Jody Shelley(Dalhousie) and Washington forward Joel Ward  (PEI).

.The Hard Cold Facts

 Season Record –  Canadiens 18GP   (8-7-3)   19 pts. Third in Northeast division. 9th in Eastern Conference.     NY Islanders 15GP   (4-8-3)   11pts.  Fifth in Atlantic Division.   Last in Eastern Conference.

Last Time Out –  Canadiens shutout Carolina 4-0 at the Bell Centre Wednesday.   The Islanders lost to the Rangers 4-2 Tuesday night.

Last 10 Games:    Canadiens  7-2-1;     Islanders 1-6-3.

Season Series: This is the first of four meetings between the teams. Montreal went  2-1-1 against the Islanders in 2010-11.

Home/Road – The Canadiens are 5-3-0 on the road this season, winning four of their last five.   The Islanders at home are 4-4-1.

 Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 24th in NHL   13.2% (9/68)   Islanders ranked 12th.  18.2% (9/50)         Penalty Killing  Canadiens ranked 5th.  88.5%   (9/78)   Islanders ranked 20th.  81.1%  (10/53)

 Goaltending Canadiens – Peter Budaj – 2GP (1-1-0)  1.49GAA.  .947save%.    Islanders – Evgeny Nabokov
– 6GP (1-5-0)  2.89GAA.  .910save%.  Will be making his third straight start.

Who’s Hot:- Canadiens – Max Pacioretty – 3 goals 2 assists last five games.   Tomas Plekanec – 4 assists last five games.
P.K. Subban has a goal and five assists his last five games.   Islanders – Frans Nielsen had a goal and an assist Tuesday night and has 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in his last five games.

The Missing –  Canadiens – D-Jaroslav Spacek (upper body); D-Hal Gill (flu); D-Chris Campoli (IR-torn hamstring); D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee inflammation); D-Brendon Nash (IR-shoulder surgery); RW-Andrei Kostitsyn (groin);  RW-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery); C-Andreas Engqvist (lower body.    Islanders – D-Mark Katic (IR-shoulder surgery); RW-Nino Niederreiter (IR-groin); RW-Rhett Rakhshani  (IR-shoulder surgery)