NY Islanders vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Oct.27/2010 7:30pm
Season Record – NY Islanders (4-2-2) Second in Atlantic Division. Montreal (5-2-1) Tied for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Home/Away – Islanders on road 2-2-1. Canadiens at home 2-1-1.
Last Season – Canadiens were 3-0-1 vs. the Islanders outscoring them 14-6. The last meeting April 6th – Islanders-4 Montreal-3 Shootout – @Long Island. Frans Nielsen scored the tieing goal with 2:01 left in regulation. Plekanec, Gionta and Lapierre for Montreal. 80th game of Canadiens season. Canadiens could have clinched a playoff berth with the win. They then lost in Carolina and the single point in the home loss to Toronto in the final game allowed them to get into the postseason.
Recently – Fourth game of a four game road trip. Islanders started with wins in Toronto and Tampa before losing 4-3 at Florida. Had won three of four since Taveres return from a concussion. The Canadiens have won four of the last five, beating Phoenix in overtime Monday at the Bell Centre. Opponents have averaged only 22 shots over the five games.
The Last Time the Islanders won in Montreal was in overtime March 12, 2009.
Special Teams – Power Play – Islanders 5th overall 11 for 42 26.2%. Montreal 30th 2 for 29 6.9%. Penalty Killing – Islanders 12th in NHL 6 goals against in 39 times shorthanded. Montreal 2nd in league 3/32 90.6%.
Goaltending – NY Islanders – Dwayne Roloson 2-1-0 1.65 GAA .942 save%. Rick DiPietro 2-1-2 3.31GAA .882 save%. Canadiens – Carey Price 5-2-1 2.23GAA .918 save%.
Who’s Hot – Tampa – John Taveres with 5 goals 2 assists in a four game points streak including first career hattrick vs Florida on Friday. P.A. Parenteau has 2 goal 4 assists over the same four games. Montreal – Andrei Kostitsyn – 4 goals and 2 assists over the last four games.
Injury Report – Tampa – Kyle Okposo (shoulder surgery); Rob Schremp (back injury); Mark Streit (shoulder surgery) Montreal – Andrei Markov (knee surgery)