Canadiens vs. NY Islanders
Barclay’s Center – Nov. 20, 2015 – 7:35pm
Head to Head –
….The Canadiens are playing their second game in two nights. The Islanders have been off since their win over Arizona on Monday.
….The Islanders will wear an all-black third jersey in the game.
….The Canadiens have won seven of the last eight games against the Islanders.
….This is the second of three games vs. the Islanders this season. They will finish the season series Sunday at the Bell Centre.
…The Canadiens won the first game 4-1 Nov. 5 and swept all three meetings vs. the islanders last season. They have won seven of the last eight against the Islanders.
….The Canadiens have won four straight in New York vs. the Islanders, all of those games at the Nassau Coliseum. This will be their first game at the Barclays Center.
….The Canadiens are 6-2-1 on the road this season. The Islanders are 6-3-2 at home.
About The Canadiens –
….The Canadiens traveled to New York without centre Torrey Mitchell who suffered an undisclosed lower body injury in Thursday night’s game against Arizona.
…The Canadiens started the season 9-0-0. Since then they have won five of 11 games.
….The Canadiens have allowed 16 goals while losing three of their last four games (1-2-1).
….Over the last five games the Canadiens have been outscored 10-1 in the first period. Despite that, they are 2-2-1 over the five games.
…In each of the last two games they have been forced to try to come back from 3-0 deficits.
….Pacioretty has scored a goal in each of the last two games. He is on a six game point streak – 3 goals, 5 assists.
….In his last 15 games against the Islanders Pacioretty has 9 goals and 7 assists
….Tomas Plekanec has 40 points In 38 career games vs. the Islanders – 18 goals, 22 assists.
….P.K. Subban is tied for second among NHL defensemen with 16 points (1 goal 15 assists)
….Andrei Markov is tied for fourth in defense scoring with 14 points.
About the Islanders –
….The Islanders have won their last two games by a combined score of 5-2. Their last game was Monday against Arizona – a 5-2 victory.
….Last season the Islanders allowed an average of 2.73 goals per game. So far this season they have given up 2.26.
…The Islanders have allowed two regulation goals or less in 11 of their last 12 games. The only exception – the Canadiens 4-1 game Nov. 5th.
…John Tavares has nine goals and 17 points to lead the islanders. He had two goals and an assist vs. Arizona on Monday.
….In his last nine games vs. the Canadiens Tavares has 3 goals, 7 assists.
….Kyle Okposo has five assists his last three games. For the season – four goals and 16 points.
….Brock Nelson has scored in three straight games and has six points in his last four.
….D Travis Hamonic has asked to be traded to a western Canadian team for ‘personal reasons’ after six seasons with the islanders. He leads the team in total ice time per game at 23:20.
….Frans Nielsen has 3 goals and an assist his last two games.
Special Teams –
….Following Thursday’s game vs. Arizona Michel Therrien expressed dissatisfaction with the durrent play of his special teams . Over the last three games the Canadiens are 0-for-13 on the power play while their penalty killers have given up 4 goals in ten shorthanded situations. Dating back to the November 11th game vs. Pittsburgh the Canadiens are 0-for 16 on their power play.
….P.K. Subban has played every second of the last nine Canadiens power plays over the last two games.
….The Canadiens power play remains third-ranked in the league 16/72 22.2%. Their penalty killing has dropped to 6th (10/68 85.3%).
….The Islanders have allowed a power play goal in three straight games and six of their last seven. At the same time they are 2 for 25 on the power play over the same stretch.
….The Islanders penalty killing is ranked 7th after finishing 26th in the NHL last year. Their power play is 20th in the league (10/53 18.9%)
….Carey Price will make his first start in ten games, dating back to the lower body injury October 29th in Edmonton.
….Price was out with his injury when the Canadiens defeated the Islanders 4-1 Nov. 5th.
….In his last six starts vs. the Islanders he is 5-1-0 with a .955 save%.
….Price is 7-2-0 to start the season with a .936save% and 2.01GAA.
….Jaroslav Halak allowed three goals on 23 shots in the 4-1 Canadiens win Nov. 5th.
….Halak is 5-4-1 this season despite a 1.90GAA and .927save%.
….Since leaving the Canadiens for St. Louis in the Eller trade Halak is 4-2-1. His two losses have been at the Bell Centre as a member of the Islanders – 6-4 January 17th 2015 and 4-1 November 5th.
NY Islanders Line Combinations & Pairings
29-Brock Nelson 91-John Tavares 21-Kyle Okposo
27-Anders Lee 51-Frans Nielsen 12-Josh Bailey
86-Nikolay Kulemin 84-Mikhail Grabovski 16-Steve Bernier
17-Matt Martin 53-Casey Cizikas 15-Cal Clutterbuck
2-Nick Leddy 3-Travis Hamonic
44-Calvin de Haan 55-Johnny Boychuk
37-Brian Strait 28-Marek Zidlicky
Injuries – LW Eric Boulton (lower body); D Thomas Hickey (lower body)
Scratched – Taylor Beck; Jean-Francois Berube; Adam Pelech
Projected Canadiens Lines & 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 13-Alexander Semin
41-Paul Byron 32-Brian Flynn 21-Devante Smith-Pelly
79-Andrei Markov 76-P.K. Subban
28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry
6-Greg Pateryn 77-Tom Gilbert
Healthy Scratch – D Jarred Tinordi; Not Available – D Alexei Emelin (IR lower body); C Torrey Mitchell (lower body); RW Zack Kassian (suspension)