NY Islanders vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Nov. 5, 2015 – 7:35pm
….The Canadiens have won six of the last seven meetings against the Islanders including all three games last season. But the Islanders have won three of the lasty five and four of the last seven at the Bell Centre
….The Canadiens have an 8-0-1 record against teams from the Eastern Conference and are 2-0-0 vs. the Metropolitan Division.
….The Islanders have lost 4 of their last seven games. In their most recent outing they edged New Jersey 2-1 on Tuesday.
….Mike Condon suffered his first career loss Tuesday in overtime. The Canadiens have still collected nine of a possible ten points in his five starts (4-0-1). His GAA is 1.60 and save percentage at .941.
….Condon has not allowed more than two goals in any of his five NHL starts.
….Jaroslav Halak is 4-1-0 (2.01 GAA/.925sv%) vs. the Canadiens since he left the team for St. Louis in the Lars Eller trade. His only loss came last January 17th at the Bell Centre when he was pulled after giving up six goals on 33 shots in a 6-4 defeat.
….Halak is 4-1-1 with a 1.65GAA this season and .936 save% and has shutout wins against Columbus and Calgary.
About The Canadiens
….Eight members of the Canadiens have ten or more points in the season’s first 14 games – most in the NHL.
….In 37 career games against the Islanders Tomas Plekanec has 17 goals, 21 assists for 38 points. On January 17th he equaled a career high four points against them (2g, 2a). At the time he was playing with Dale Weise and Max Pacioretty. It was the sixth time Plekanec has had a 4 point game in his 11 full years in the NHL.
….In his last 14 games against the Islanders Max Pacioretty has 9 goals and 5 assists.
….Pacioretty is in one of his periodic scoring slumps. After nine games this season he had 7 goals, 11 points and was plus-12. In his last five games he has zero points and only 12 shots on goal. He is minus-4. He started the season with 7 goals and 11 points in his first nine games.
…This is Pacioretty‘s longest drought since he went without a point in Oct./Nov. 2013 (In the middle of that particular stretch he was injured for eight games)
….Pacioretty still remains tied for the team scoring lead with Dale Weise at 7.
….Weise has points in each of his last three games (4 goals, 1 assist). He has 1 goal, 1 assists in six career games vs. the Isles.
….Andrei Markov leads the Canadiens in scoring with 13 points (1g,12a). P.K. Subban has 12 points (1g, 11a)
On The Islanders
….John Tavares returns to the lineup after missing three games with the flu. During his absence the Islanders were 1-1-1 and scored only five goals. With Tavares in the lineup through the first ten games of the season the Islanders scored at a 3.3 per game rate.
….Tavares has scored 1 goal 5 assists in his last three games at the Bell Centre and has at least a point in six of his last seven in Montreal – 4 goals, 5assists.
….Tavares leads with Islanders in goals (5) and assists (6). Last season he scored 38 goals, 86 points and lost out to Carey Price as a finalist for the Hart Trophy.
….In his last eight games against the Canadiens Tavares has 3 goals, 7 assists.
Special Teams –
….The Canadiens power play has produced ten goals in it’s last 29 opportunities – 34.5%. They have a power play goals in each of their last four games and six of their last seven.
….The Canadiens were 2 for 21 (9.5%) to start the season.
….The Islanders power play ranks third overall at 27.6%. It had scored in five consecutive games until they faced Buffalo on Sunday when they had no PP opportunities.
…..The Islanders penalty killing is first in the league at 90.1%. They have killed off 31 of their last 32 and had killed 29 penalties in a row before giving up a PPG to the Devils on Tuesday. Overall they 40 of 44.
The Islanders Forward Lines & Pairings
12-Josh Bailey 91- John Tavares 18-Ryan Strome
27-Anders Lee 51-Frans Neilsen 21-Kyle Okposo
29-Brock Nelson 84-Mikhail Grabovski 86-Nikolay Kulemin
17-Matt Martin 53-Casey Cizikas 15-Cal Clutterbuck
2-Nick Leddy 55-Johnny Boychuk
44-Calvin de Haan 3–Travis Hamonic
37-Brian Strait 28-Marek Zidlicky
Healthy Scratches – G Thomas Greiss; RW Steve Bernier; LW Taylor Beck
Injuries – LW Eric Boulton (IR lower body); D-Thomas Hickey (IR-lower body)
Canadiens Lines and Pairings
67-Max Pacioretty 14-Tomas Plekanec 11-Brendan Gallagher
15-Tomas Fleischmann 51-David Desharnais 22-Dale Weise
81-Lars Eller 27-Alex Galchenyuk 21-Devante Smith-Pelly
32-Brian Flynn 17-Torrey Mitchell 32-Brian Flynn
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
74-Alexei Emelin 26-Jeff Petry
28-Nathan Beaulieu 77-Tom Gilbert
Healthy Scratches – RW Alexander Semin; D Jarred Tinordi;
Unavailable – G Carey Price (IR lower body); RW Zack Kassian (suspension); D Greg Pateryn (AHL conditioning assignment)