Canadiens vs. NY Islanders
Nassau Coliseum – March 5/2013 – 7:35pm
Game Notes –
……The Canadiens have taken 19 of a possible 22 points over their last eleven games. The Islanders are one of the three teams that have beaten the Habs.
…….Outside of the Northeast division the Canadiens are 10-0-2 to start the season.
…….The Canadiens have 14 wins in their first 22 games. They didn’t win their 15th game of the season until their 40th game last season.
… .. On the road the Canadiens are 5-0-1 in their last six games. Carey Price on the road is 5-0-1 with a 1.29 GAA this year.
….. This will be Montreal’s second in a five-game road swing..
……Defensemen Andrei Markov (27:03) and P.K. Subban (26:49) each established new season highs for ice time in Sunday night’s 4-3 win in Boston.
……The Islanders are 3-2-1 in their last six games against the Canadiens. But have also lost seven of their last ten against them. New York, though, has won five of the last seven meetings with the Canadiens, including two straight.
…. The Islanders power play is struggling. 0-for-11 over the last four games. Their power play is 16.4 percent at home, 23rd in the League, but they are an NHL best 32.3 percent on the road.
….This game against the Canadiens is the fifth of a seven-game homestand.
….Max Pacioretty was named NHL First Star of the week Monday after four goals and three assists in four games. Over his last eight games he has eight goals and six assists.
….Against the Islanders, Pacioretty has seven goals and an assist his last six games. His only career hattrick came in his last visit to Long Island, a 4-2 Feb. 9, 2012.
….Against the Canadiens Matt Moulson has five goals in his last five games including two the last time the teams met.
….Pacoretty’s linemates are almost as hot. Desharnais has three goals and two assists in his last three while Brendan Gallagher has a goal and four assists over the same span.
….The Islanders had lost nine of their first eleven at home this season before edging Ottawa 3-2 in a shootout Sunday.
….Boston coach Claude Julien was right in one area Sunday night, the Canadiens have made use of their power play units 100 times this season, most in the league. As a result, while 11th in the league in percentage, they are fifth in total power play goals with 19.
The Statistics –
Season Records – Canadiens (14-4-4) First in Eastern Conference and Northeast Division. NY Islanders (9-11-2) 11th in East and 5th in Atlantic Division.
Last Ten Games – Canadiens 7-0-3; New York 5-4-1
Season Series: Second of three meetings. The Islanders erased a 3-1 second-period deficit to defeat the Canadiens 4-3 in overtime on Feb. 21 at the Bell Centre. Rookie Thomas Hickey’s only NHL goal decided the game. Matt Moulson scored twice in the game. For Montreal, Pacioretty scored twice along with Travis Moen.
Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (6-1-2) Islanders at Home (3-8-1)
Goaltending – Canadiens – Carey Price 17GP (11-3-2) 2.20GAA .915save%. Islanders – Vladimir Nabokov – 18GP (9-7-2) 2.96GAA .901save%.
Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens – ranked 11th – 19/100 19%. Islanders – ranked 5th 19/86 22/1%. Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked 14th 15/86 82/6% Islanders ranked 10th 12/76 84/2%
Who’s Hot- Canadiens – Desharnais/Pacioretty/Gallagher line has eight goals and eight assists over the last three games. Islanders – D-Mark Streit has points in his last two games. Andrew MaDonald – 1 goals two assists last three. has a goal and two assists in his last three.
Injuries – Canadiens – D-Raphael Diaz (IR-concussion); RW-Rene Bourque (IR-concussion); C-Petteri Nokelainen (IR-back) Islanders – D-Matt Carkner (IR-lower body) D-Brian Strait (D-ankle); RW- Jesse Joensuu (IR-sports hernia surgery)