PREVIEW GAME #63 – NY Islanders @ Canadiens (Feb. 28/2018)

Feb 28th, 2018 | By | Category: Hockey-General News, Latest News

Preview Game #63

NY Islanders vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Feb. 28nd, 2018 – 7:05pm

Season Records – NY Islanders – 63GP (29-27-7) 65 points. 9th in Eastern Conference. Canadiens – 62GP (23-29-10) 56 points. 27th in the league.

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

Home/Away – Islanders on the road (13-16-3) Canadiens at home (15-10-8)

Lineup Changes

….Newcomer Mike Reilly has been assigned #28 most recently worn by Jakub Jerabek. He will be paired with Jordie Benn for his Canadiens debut.

….Antti Niemi will start in goal against the Islanders Jaroslav Halak


….Second of three meetings. @Bell Centre Jan. 15th Islanders-5 Canadiens-4 (overtime). Tavares scores the overtime winner., his second of the game. Barzal 1 goal, 2 assists; Thomas Greiss stops 52 of 56 shots. Price allows 5 on 24 shots.

….The Canadiens will conclude their season series vs. the Islanders at Brooklyn Friday.

….The Islanders have won three straight vs. the Canadiens. Thomas Greiss has been in goal for all three wins.

….The Canadiens have played the Islanders sixteen times since the lockout with a record of 10-4-2. After sweeping the season series two years in a row (6-0-0) and winning seven straight against them, the Canadiens have lost the last three meetings (0-2-1)

….At home since the 2012 lockout the Canadiens are 4-2-2 against the Islanders.

….Going back ten years seven of sixteen games between the clubs went to overtime at the Bell Centre. The Islanders won six of them.

….In the five-plus seasons since the lockout Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens with 6 goals and 13 points in 16 games. Alex Galchenyuk in 14 games vs. the Islanders has 3 goals, 8 assists; Brendan Gallagher has 5 goals, ten points in 14 games.

….Vs. the Canadiens since the lockout John Tavares has 8 goals, 11 assists = 19 points in 16 games. Josh Bailey with 2 goals, 8 assists in 15 games.

….Antti Niemi has a career record of 2-1-1 vs. the Islanders with a 3.16GAA: .893 save%.

….Since leaving after four seasons with the Canadiens, Jaroslav Halak has a 4-2-0 record in seven appearances against them, 2.55GAA and .904 save%.

About the Canadiens

….The Canadiens have won only one of their last nine games – (1-4-4). They have at least a point in their last four (1-0-3).

….Only three teams have lost more games in overtime/shootout than the Canadiens – 10. Anaheim (12); Carolina & Buffalo (11).

….The Canadiens have been shut out nine times this season, tieing a franchise record with 20 games remaining in the season. Nine times shut out is most in the NHL this season.

….In the 46 games since November 9th the Canadiens have scored three or more goals only 19 times. Their record in those games 11-8.

….Since December 23rd the Canadiens 6 of 26 games (6-14-6).

….The Canadiens have won 4 of the last 18 games against Eastern Conference opponents.

….The Canadiens rank 29th in the NHL in offense at 2.50 goals per game. They rank 23rd on defense, allowing 3.05 per game.

….Jeff Petry has two goals, two assists his last five games and has reached career highs in goals (10) and points (30).

….Over the last 14 games, Petry is the Canadiens highest goalscorer with 6 and over that stretch he is tied with Brendan Gallagher in points with 12. Gallagher has 5 goals, 7 assists since January 23rd.

….Since joining the Canadiens Antti Niemi has a 3-2-2 record with a 2.60GAA and .922 save%.

….Alex Galchenyuk has no goals his last fourteen games (6 assists in that stretch).

….Jonathan Drouin has 2 goals, 2 assists his last 13 games.

About the Islanders

….The Islanders are four points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets in the race for the final Eastern Conference wild card berth.

….The Islanders have a winning 29-27-7 record despite allowing 225 goals. They are the league’s only team to have allowed over 200 goals who have even a remote chance of a playoff berth.

….The Islanders have scored 207 goals, fifth most in the league.

….The Islanders haven’t played since last Saturday when they lost 2-1 at New Jersey.

….The Islanders have lost their last three games including a shootout loss in Toronto last Thursday. They have lost eight of their last ten games (2-5-3).

….The Islanders have been on the losing side of all three Jaroslav Halak starts since Greiss was injured.

….Since the New Year John Tavares has 9 goals, 6 assists in 24 games. He has not scored a five-0n-five goal in seven games (he has two on the power play) it’s been six games since his last assist.

….Taveras is tied for the team lead in goals with Anders Lee at 30. This is the fourth time in his 8 year career he’s cracked the 30 goals plateau.

….Leading the team in points is rookie Matthew Barzal at 66.

….The Islanders acquired former Canadiens defenseman Brandon Davidson from Edmonton for a 2019 third round draft choice. Earlier the Canadiens had lost Davidson through waivers.

….Centre Chris Wagner is second in the NHL in hits with 212. He was acquired from Anaheim for Jason Chimera.

….Jaroslav Halak is leading the Islanders in wins with 18. The injured Thomas Greiss has 11.

….Greiss, who has started the last five games against the Canadiens was injured during a 45-save shutout win over Carolina Feb. 16th is now on injury reserve.

….Islander fans used the “Go Fund Me” to raise money for two billboards in Brooklyn that state “Snow Must Go” refering to Garth Snow who has been team GM for twelve seasons. If the Islanders fail to make the playoffs this season it will be the eighth time since 2006.

Goaltending –

….Antti Niemi on the season has appeared in 15 games with Pittsburgh, Florida and Montreal with a 3-6-2 record with a 3.76GAA and .892 save%.

….Jaroslav Halak has a season record of 18-20-5 with a 3.18GAA and .911 save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Islanders rank 11th (41/195) 21.0%. Canadiens rank 13th (39/187) 20.9%. Penalty Killing – Islanders rank 30th 46/181) 74.6%. Canadiens rank 25th (45/196) 77.0%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 92-Jonathan Drouin 62-Artturi Lehkonen

27-Alex Galchenyuk 24-Phillip Danault 54-Charles Hudon

41-Paul Byron 25-Jacob de la Rose 11-Brendan Gallagher

43-Daniel Carr 42-Byron Froese 28-Nikita Scherbak

53-Victor Mete 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

28-Mike Reilly 8-Jordie Benn

37-Antti Niemi

Healthy Scratch – LW Logan Shaw; D David Schlemko; 20-Nicolas Deslauriers

Injuries – G Carey Price (concussion); C Andrew Shaw (IR lower body); D Shea Weber (IR broken foot); RW Alex Hemsky (IR concussion)

NY Islanders Lines and Pairings

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

72-Anthony Beauvillier 13-Mathew Barzal 7-Jordan Eberle

16-Andrew Ladd 29-Brock Nelson 56-Tanner Fritz

21-Chris Wagner 53-Casey Cizikas 15-Cal Clutterbuck

2-Nick Leddy 50-Adam Pelech

88- Brandon Davidson 55-Johnny Boychuk

14-Thomas Hickey 6-Ryan Pulock

50-Adam Pelech 28-Sebastian Aho

41-Jaroslav Halak

Injuries – G Thomas Greiss (IR lower body); C Alan Quine (IR lower body); D Scott Mayfield (IR lower body); LW Shane Prince (IR upper body); D Calvin de Haan (IR shoulder surgery); LW Nikolay Kulemin (IR shoulder surgery)

Healthy Scratches -D Seastian Aho; D Dennis Seidenberg; LW Ross Johnston

One Comment to “PREVIEW GAME #63 – NY Islanders @ Canadiens (Feb. 28/2018)”

  1. Bay_Bye says:

    good to see Schlemko in the press box…. Deslauriers is obviously sitting to allow Scherbak to play….

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