logo canadienslogo islandersPreview Game #18

NY Islanders vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Nov. 10-, 20136:05pm

 

Game Notes –

…..The Canadiens are winless in four November games.

…..This is the final of a four game road trip for the Islanders and their second in less than 24 hours.  They lost 5-2 in Columbus Saturday night.  Prior to that in Carolina (1-0) and Washington (6-2).  On the trip they have been outscored 12-4.

…..The Canadiens have scored two or fewer goals in three straight games and six of the past seven.  5-against-5 the Canadiens have scored four goals in their last four games while giving up 14.

…..Canadiens goal scoring ranks 18th in the league at 2.59 per game.  Their defense is keeping them afloat.  The Habs goals against is fifth ranked at 2.18 average.

….. The Islanders are 13th in the NHL in goals per game (2.76), but are giving up the 5th most goals, at 3.18.

…..Andrei Markov has been on the ice for 30 of the Canadiens 44 goals, tieing him for the league lead with Sidney Crosby.  P.K. Subban is tied for third with 29.

…..  P.K. Subban has nine points in 10 career games versus the Islanders, including three goals and an assist in the last two.

…..In his last eight games vs. the Islanders, Max Pacioretty has 7 goals and 3 assists.

…..Two of the Canadiens three centres who are depended upon for offensive production are in long slumps.  David Desharnais and Lars Eller have totaled no goals and 3 assists over the last 12 games.

……Over the same12-game span, Tomas Plekanec has 5 goals (including 3 game-winners) and 4 assists despite the fact that he has had four different left wingers  (Bourque, Prust, Bournival and now Pacioretty).

….. During their current 3-6-1 stretch the Canadiens have averaged 1.9 goals per game.  In the season’s first seven games they averaged 3.6.

…..The Canadiens have lost four in a row scoring a total of seven goals.

…..The Islanders have won six of the last nine meetings with  the Canadiens.

….. The Canadiens haven’t lost five in a row since Feb. 19-28, 2012. (New Jersey, Dallas, @Washington, @Florida, @Tampa Bay)  Ultimately they finished last in the Eastern Conference.

…..Carey Price will be making his 15th start.  Only two goaltenders have faced more shots on goal than Price’s 440, the Coyotes Mike Smith at 516 and Ryan Miller with 490.

…..Montreal native Kevin Poulin will start in goal for the Islanders.  He has never won in Montreal.  Poulin has given up two goals in his two starts, a 3-1 win against Boston and a 1-0 loss at Carolina.  In his only appearance against the Canadiens he allowed five goals on 29 shots  in a 5-2 Canadiens win at Long Island on March 21st of last season.

…..With the loss in Columbus, Evgeni Nabokov’s goals against average rose to 3.24, while his save percentage dropped to .894.

John Tavares has 11 points over his last 11 games against the Canadiens: five in the past three.

…..Three weeks ago the Canadiens penalty killing units ranked 18th in the league.  After killing off 25 of 26 penalties, they now rank third.

…..The Islanders have failed to score in their last 22 power play opportunities.

…..The Islanders power play is 0-for-19 since they acquired Thomas Vanek from Columbus in return for Matt Moulson and two draft picks.  While still with the Islanders Moulson had scored five goals on the power play this season.  He also had scored six goals in seven games against the Canadiens.

…..Thomas Vanek suffered an upper body injury when he fell over goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on his first shift of the game.  He did not return.

…..With five players still on injury reserve the Canadiens will reach 93 man-games lost through injury.  Only Edmonton has had a longer injury list than the Canadiens this season.   Daniel Briere and Alexei Emelin are expected to be re-activated this week leaving only Brandon Prust and Davis Drewiske on injury reserve.

…..C-Gabriel Dumont and D-Greg Pateryn were recalled from Hamilton Saturday.  Dumont will replace George Parros on the fourth line.  Pateryn will be a healthy scratch.

Probable Islanders Alignment (Without Vanek)

Forwards
12-Josh Bailey – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo
96-Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 51 Frans Nielsen – 13-Colin McDonald
40 Michael Grabner – 16 Peter Regin – 29 Brock Nelson
17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald

Defensemen
47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic
14 Thomas Hickey – 55 Aaron Ness
46 Matt Donovan – 4 Radek Martinek

Goaltenders
60 Kevin Poulin

 

Game Statistics –

 

Season Records   – NY Islanders  17GP (6-8-3) 15pts. Fifth in Metropolitan Division.   Canadiens 17 GP (8-8-1) 17 pts. -Fifth in Atlantic Division.

Last Ten Games New York  3-6-1;      Montreal  3-6-1

Season series – This is the first of three meetings between the Islanders and Canadiens. They meet again on Dec. 14 at Nassau  Coliseum.

Last Season – The Islanders took four of a possible six points.  @Bell Centre Feb. 21st 2013  Islanders-4 Canadiens-3 (overtime)  Thomas Hickey with overtime winner.  Matt Moulson two goals.  Max Pacioretty scored twice.  Carey Price 4 goals on 25 shots.   @Long Island  March 5th  Islanders-6 Canadiens-3.  Price gives up 6 on 24 shots.  Islanders break 3-3 tie with three in the third period.  March 21st @ Long Island – Canadiens-5  Islanders-2.   Canadiens scored game’s last four goals.  Subban with two goals.  Carey Price in goal against Kevin Poulin.

Home/Road – Islanders on the Road – (3-5-0)  Canadiens at Home  (4-4-1)

Special Teams – Power Play – Islanders ranked 17th  10/55   18.2%.   Canadiens ranked 3rd  15/64  23.4%     Penalty Killing – Islanders ranked 30th   14/54   74.1%    Canadiens ranked 4th  8/63   87.3%.

Goaltending – Islanders – Kevin Poulin  4GP (1-3-0)  2.27GAA  .918save%.   Canadiens – Carey Price  14GP  (6-7-1)  2.22GAA  .930save%.

Who’s Hot Islanders – Frans Nielsen scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season Saturday.  G-Kevin Poulin has allowed one goal in each of his last two starts.… Canadiens – P.K. Subban has a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists).

From the Clinic Islanders-  LW-Thomas Vanek (upper body); D-Lubomir Visnovsky (IR-concussion); D-Brian Strait (IR-upper body); Cal Clutterbuck (upper body).       Canadiens D-Alexei Emelin  (IR-knee surgery); C- Daniel Briere (IR-concussion); LW-Brandon Prust  (IR-shoulder strain)D-Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery)

New York

Montreal

2.76 Goals Per Game 2.59
3.18 Goals Against Per Game 2.18
30.06 Shots on Goal Per Game 30.18
30.47 Shots Against Per Game 31
11.65 Penalty Minutes Per Game 13.65
10 Power Play Goals 15
18.2% Power Play % 23.4%
14 Power Play Goals Allowed 8
74.1% Penalty Kill % 87.3%
1 Shorthanded Goals 3
0 Shorthanded Goals Allowed 1