PREVIEW GAME #64 Canadiens @ NY Islanders (March 2/2018)

Mar 2nd, 2018 | By | Category: Canadiens Game Story, Latest News

Preview Game #64

Canadiens vs. NY Islanders

Barclays Centre – March 2nd , 2018 – 7:05pm

Season Records – Canadiens 63GP (23-29-10) 58 points. 26th in the league. NY Islanders – 64GP (29-27-8) 65 points. 11th in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (2-4-4) Islanders (3-6-1)

Home/Away – Canadiens on the road (8-19-2) Islanders at home (16-11-4)

Lineup Changes

….Forwards Charles Hudon, Logan Shaw & Nicolas Deslauriers will be healthy scratches along with defenseman Jordie Benn.

….Charlie Lindgren will start in goal against the Islanders Jaroslav Halak


….Third 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. @Bell Centre Feb. 26 Canadiens-3 Islanders-1.

….The Canadiens win Wednesday ended a three game Islanders winning streak against them.

….The Canadiens have played the Islanders seventeen times since the lockout with a record of 11-4-2. After sweeping the season series two years in a row (6-0-0) and winning seven straight against them, the Canadiens have lost three of the last four against them (1-2-1).

….On the road against the Islanders the Canadiens have won six of their last seven games (6-1-0) and 6-2-0 since the lockout. Over the last ten seasons the Canadiens are 11-4-1 on the road against them.

….In the five-plus seasons since the lockout Max Pacioretty leads the Canadiens with 6 goals and 13 points in 17games. Alex Galchenyuk in 15 games vs. the Islanders has 3 goals, 9 assists; Brendan Gallagher has 5 goals, eleven points in 15 games.

….Vs. the Canadiens since the lockout John Tavares has 8 goals, 11 assists = 19 points in 17 games. Josh Bailey with 2 goals, 8 assists in 16 games.

….This will be Charlie Lindgren‘s first career game against the Islanders.

….Since leaving after four seasons with the Canadiens, Jaroslav Halak has a 4-3-0 record in eight appearances against them, 2.62GAA and .902 save%.

About the Canadiens

….This is the first of a six-game road trip spanning 12 days.

….The Canadiens have lost twelve of their last 13 games on the road (1-11-1) dating back to back-to-back wins their recorded Dec. 19th and 22nd in Calgary and Edmonton.

….In their last 13 road games the Canadiens have been outscore 42-17 and been limited to one goal or fewer eight times (twice shut out)

….With 16 of a possible 58 points on the road this season (8-19-2) the Canadiens are the worst road team in the league.

….The Canadiens have won only two of their last ten games – (2-4-4) but have at least a point in their last five(2-0-3).

….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 19 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 20 times. Their record in those games 12-8.

….Since December 23rd the Canadiens have won 7 of 27 games (7-14-6).

….The Canadiens have won 5 of the last 19 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 six games and has reached career highs in goals (10) and points (30).

….Over the last 15 games, Petry is the Canadiens highest goalscorer with 6 and over that stretch he is tone point behind Brendan Gallagher in points with 12. Gallagher has 5 goals, 8 assists since January 23rd.

….Alex Galchenyuk has no goals his last fifteen games (7 assists in that stretch).

….Jonathan Drouin has 3 goals, 2 assists his last 14 games.

About the Islanders

….The Islanders loss at the Bell Centre Wednesday was their fourth in a row (0-3-1) and they have fallen four points behind Columbus in the race for the second Eastern wild card. They would have to get by Carolina and Florida before getting to Columbus.

….The Islanders have allowed the most goals in the NHL – 228. Their sixth tanked offense has kept them marginally close to a playoff berth.

….John Tavares has been held off the scoresheet in four straight games, one shy of a season high five set Oct, 9th to 19th.

….Since the New Year John Tavares has 9 goals, 6 assists in 25 games. He has not scored a five-0n-five goal in eight games (he has two on the power play) it’s been seven 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 67.

….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.

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

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

….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.

….Josh Bailey will play his 700th career NHL game. He is the longest serving member of the Islanders.

Goaltending –

….Charlie Lindgren will make his 10 appearance of the season. His record is 3-4-2 with 2 shutouts, a 2.13GAA and .933 save%.

…. In 45 appearances this season Jaroslav Halak has a season record of 18-21-5 with a 3.18GAA and .911 save%.

Special Teams Power Play – Canadiens rank 8th (40/189) 21.2%. Islanders rank 12th (41/197) 20.8%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens rank 25th (45/198) 77.3%. Islanders rank 30th (47/183) 74.3%.

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 24-Phillip Danault 62-Artturi Lehkonen

27-Alex Galchenyuk 92-Jonathan Drouin 11-Brendan Gallagher

41-Paul Byron 25-Jacob de la Rose 38-Nikita Scherbak

43-Daniel Carr 42-Byron Froese 65-Andrew Shaw

53-Victor Mete 26-Jeff Petry

22-Karl Alzner 58-Noah Juulsen

28-Mike Reilly 21-David Schlemko

39-Charlie Lindgren

Healthy Scratches – LW Logan Shaw; LW Charles Hudon; D Jordie Benn; LW Nicolas Deslauriers

Injuries – G Carey Price (concussion); D Shea Weber (IR broken foot); RW Alex Hemsky (IR concussion)

NY Islanders Lines and Pairings

27-Anders Lee 91-John Tavares 56-Tanner Fritz

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

16-Andrew Ladd 29-Brock Nelson 12-Josh Bailey

52-Ross Johnston 21-Chris Wagner 15-Cal Clutterbuck

2-Nick Leddy 55-Johnny Boychuk

88- Brandon Davidson 50-Adam Pelech

14-Thomas Hickey 6-Ryan Pulock

41-Jaroslav Halak

Injuries – RW Casey Czikis (personal); 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;

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