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Canadiens vs. NY Islanders

Barclays Center – Jan. 26, 2017 – 7:05pm

Season Records – Canadiens – 49GP (29-13-7) 65pts. First in Atlantic Division; 4th Eastern Conference. NY Islanders – 46GP (20-17-9) 49pts. 6th in Metropolitan Division

Season Series – Second of three meetings – @Brooklyn Oct. 26th Canadiens-3 Islanders-2. Shea Weber with winning PPG 2:57 remaining. Montoya vs. Greiss

Last Time Out – Canadiens defeated Calgary 5-1 Tuesday at Bell Centre. Islanders beat Columbus 4-2 at the Barclays Center Tuesday.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (5-4-1) Islanders (5-2-3)

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road – 12-8-4. Islanders at home – 14-8-5.

1 isles danaultHead-to-Head

….The Canadiens have recorded 3-game sweeps of the Islanders in each of the last two full seasons.

…..Montreal has won seven straight vs. the Islanders and ten of the last eleven. The last Islander win over the Canadiens was a Evgeni Nabokov 2-0 shutout April 10th 2014 at the Bell Centre.

….In the seven straight wins the Canadiens have outscored the Islanders 28-14.

….The Canadiens have won six straight vs. the Islanders in New York; winning the final four at Nassau Coliseum and the two games at Barclays Center.

About the Canadiens

….This is the Canadiens 16th game in the last 30 days. Since the Christmas break the Canadiens have had a two-day gap in their schedule only three times while playing four sets of back-to-back games and three games in four nights in three times.

….It is the Canadiens 50th game of the season. A win over the Islanders would give them a record of 30-13-7 – and 65 points. Last season the team was in the middle of it’s late season collapse and had 48 points after 50 games. Two years ago, en route to their 110 point season, the Canadiens were 32-15-3 after 50 games for 67 points.

….In the month of January the Canadiens have had the best power play record in the NHL – 12 goals in 34 opportunities for 35.2% moving them from 11th to 3rd in league ranking.

Thomas Greiss, Alex Galchenyuk….While the Canadiens have scored 12 power play goals, their penalty killing over the same 12 games has been among the league’s worst – 11 goals against in 37 times shorthanded – 70.2%

….Alexander Radulov has 5 points his last three games (2g,3a) and has 14 points over his last 15 games (6g, 8a). The Canadiens are 20-2-2 this season when Radulov records at least a point.

….After a goal and assist vs. Calgary Tomas Plekanec now has 4 goals, 2 assists over his last ten games.

….Plekanec has 42 points in 41 career games vs. the Islanders (18g, 24a).

….Max Pacioretty has 21 points, including 11 goals in 23 games vs. the Islanders.

….Among players with more than ten goals this season, Paul Byron is tied for first in the league with Chicago’s Artem Anisimov in scoring percentage at 22.8%. He has 13 goals on 58 shots.

….Shea Weber has 11 points in his last 15 games (3g, 8a). Weber had two points in the Canadiens October win over the Islanders including the GWG wth 2:57 remaining.

1 isles greissAbout the Islanders

….Under interim head coach Doug Weight the Islanders are 3-0-1. The Islanders have taken 11 of a possible 14 points in their last seven games (5-1-1).

….When the Islanders score three goals in a game they are 19-4-2. Fewer than three they are 1-13-7.

….Over the last two weeks John Tavares is the NHL’s hottest goalscorer with eight. In seven games he has 8 goals, 3 assists including his first career shorthanded goal.

….In 24 career games vs. the Canadiens Tavares has 8g and 19 points.

….Nick Leddy has 3 goals and nine points his last seven games.

….Jason Chimera has 5 goals his last seven games.

John Tavares, Andrei Markov, Carey PriceGoaltending

….Carey Price has appeared in 17 games vs. the Islanders with an 11-3-3 record, 1 shutout, a 2.51GAA and .912 save%.

….On the season Price is 22-9-5 with 2 shutouts, a 2.32GAA and .920 save%.

….In 12 road games this season Price has a record of 6-4-2.

….In his last seven starts Price is 2-4-1. He’s given up three or more in nine of his last 11 games with an .887GAA..

….Thomas Greiss has been in three career games vs. the Canadiens with a 0-3-0 record, a 2.69GAA and .901 save%.

….This season Greiss has played in 24 games. He is 13-7-3 with 2 shutouts, a 2.31GAA and .927 save percentage. He has started ten of the Islanders last 11 games and is 5-2-3 over that stretch.

….Greiss was named the NHL’s second star of the week on Jan. 23rd. In three games last week he was 2-0-1 with 2 shutouts in three games. Including Tuesday’s win over Columbus Greiss has a .960 save % his last four starts and is tied for fifth in the NHL in save percentage at .927.

….Over his last 16 games Greiss is 10-3-3.

….Jaroslav Halak was placed on waivers on December 30th and is now playing for the Islanders AHL affiliate at Bridgeport. In 6 games there he has a 2.45GAA and .918 save %.

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked third (35/150) 23.3%. Islanders ranked 27th (19/133) 14.3%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 23rd (35/173) 79.8%. Islanders ranked 19th (27/138) 80.4%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 47-Alexander Radulov

62-Artturi Lehkonen 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron

42-Sven Andrighetto 32-Brian Flynn 65-Andrew Shaw

43-Daniel Carr 25-Jacob de la Rose 17-Torrey Mitchell

74-Alexei Emelin 6-Shea Weber

28-Nathan Beaulieu 26-Jeff Petry

45-Mark Barberio 20-Zach Redmond

31-Carey Price

Injuries – C Alex Galchenyuk (knee); D Andrei Markov (IR groin); RW Brendan Gallagher (IR broken hand); C David Desharnais (IR knee); D Greg Pateryn (IR broken foot).

Scratches – D Greg Johnston;

Islanders Lines & Pairings

27-Anders Lee 91-John Tavares 12-Josh Bailey

72-Anthony Beauvillier 29-Brock Nelson 18-Ryan Strome

16-Andrew Ladd 10-Alan Quine 25-Jason Chimera

86-Nikolay Kulemin 53-Casey Cizikas 15-Cal Clutterbuck

2-Nick Leddy 50-Adam Pelech

42-Scott Mayfield 55-Johnny Boychuk

44-Calvin de Haan 4-Dennis Seidenberg

1-Thomas Greiss

Injuries – D Thomas Hickey (lower body); D Travis Hamonic (IR lower body); C Mikhail Grabovski (IR concussion)

Scratched – RW Stephen Gionta; LW Shane Prince