025010Game #30

Canadiens vs. NY Islanders

Nassau Coliseum – March 21/2013 – 7:05pm


Game Notes –

….The Canadiens only loss in regulation time outside of the Northeast division came at the hands of the Islanders March 5th.   Against the Atlantic (5-1-2) and Southeast division (9-0-0) they are a combined 14-1-2.  Against Northeast division opponents they are 5-4-3.

…. Carey Price is 4-0-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average since allowing four goals on 25 shots in the March 5th loss to the Islanders.  In the two games against the Islanders this season, he has given up ten goals on 49 shots, a save percentage of .830.

….The Islanders will start backup goaltender Kevin Poulin.  He is 0-1-0 with a 3:03GAA and his .895save% but has not started since February 24th.  He has played two games since being recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  He was called up at the same time that Rick DiPietro was placed on waivers.

….Evgeni Nabokov had started ten straight Islander games and 25 of their first 29 games.  Nabokov’s season statistics are25GP  (13-9-3)  2.93GAA   .900save%

….Forward Michael Grabner and defenceman Matt Carkner return to the Islander lineup.  Grabner missed three games with a shoulder injury and will play with Marty Reasoner and Matt Martin.    Carkner has been out 20 games, after suffering a groin injury February 7th.  He will play with Mark Streit.

….Max Pacioretty has seven goals and one assist his last seven games against the Islanders.

The Canadiens have earned points in nine of its past 10 games.   Their last regulation defeat was  6-3 on March 5 at Long Island.

….. The Islanders trail the Rangers by three points for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

….. The Islanders have won six of eight overall against Montreal and three of the last four at home.

….The Canadiens lead the league in power play chances per game at 4.5.  They are third best in the league in power play goals per game at 0.9.

….Overall the Canadiens are third in the league with 26 power play goals.  Their penalty killers have allowed 22 goals, the 23rd highest total in the league.  In the end, Canadiens special teams are plus-4.

…..The Islanders have the third worst defence in the NHL allowing 3.3 goals per game.

….The Canadiens have been held to two goals their last two games after scoring four or more in seven of the previous eight.

…. The Canadiens have averaged13:46 penalty minutes per game, Only five teams  have averaged more.  Their penalty killers have given up four power play goals on 10 chances over the last three games.

….. The Islanders power play has been good, scoring on 23.4 percent of their chances. including 2 for 5 the last game against the Habs.

….Matt Moulson has six goals over the last six games against the Canadiens.

The Game Statistics

Season Records –  Canadiens (19-5-5)    NY Islanders (13-13-3)

Last Ten Games  –  Canadiens  (7-1-2)   Islanders  (5-3-2).

Season Series  –   Third and final meeting. The Islanders are 2-0-0 . @Bell Centre  Feb. 21.  NY Islanders-4 Canadiens -3 (Overtime)  Islanders erase Canadiens 3-1 seconc period lead.  Matt Moulson scored twice.  Thomas Hickey scored the game winner.  Max Pacioretty scored twice,  Travis Moen the other goal.  Carey Price allows 4 goals on 25 shots.  @Long Island  March 5 – Islanders -6 Canadiens-3.  Carey Price gives up 6 goals on 24 shots.   The Islanders broke a 3-3 tie with three unanswered in the third period.  Plekanec, Subban and Gionta for the Canadiens.  Moulson, Martin,Grabner, Martinek, Tavares and McDonald (ENG)

Last Time Out –  The Canadiens lost to Buffalo 3-1 in overtime Tuesday on a power play goal by Steve Ott.    The Islanders allowed four third period goals to Ottawa in a 5-3 loss in Ottawa Tuesday.

Home/Road –  Canadiens on the Road – (10-2-2)    Islanders at Home  (5-9-2)

Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price 23GP  (15-4-4) 2/35GAA  .911save%   Islanders  Kevin Poulin –  (0-1-0)  3:03GAA    .895save%

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens  ranks 10th  26/130  20.0%    Islanders rank 5th  25/107  23.4%     Penalty Killing –  Canadiens rank 21st   22/108  79.6%     Islanders rank 13th   18/95   81.0%.

Who’s Hot Canadiens – Max Pacioretty -goal and two assists in the past five games.  Tomas Plekanec had his four-game point streak snapped Tuesday.    Islanders  winger  Matt Moulson and Brad Boyes have five game point streaks.  Kyle Okposo – three points in the past two contests.

Injuries –  Canadiens – D- Raphael Diaz (IR-concussion); D- Yannick Weber  (IR-knee); LW- Rene Bourque (IR-concussion); LW- Brandon Prust -(IR-shoulder).    Islanders – LW-David Ullstrom (IR-groin); BrianStrait (IR-ankle); LW-Jesse Joensuu (IR-hernia surgery).