|59||MONTREAL||-120||Ov 5.5,+115||-120||Ov 5.5,+115|
|60||NY ISLANDERS||+100||Un 5.5,-135||+100||Un 5.5,-135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||6-3-0||+4||6-3||+4||5-4||3.0||31.2||2.4||28.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.1||3-2||+1.1||3-2||3.8||33.6||2.8||26.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||22||68||19||26||20||3||3||661||10.3%||100||19||19.0%||115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9||27||6||11||8||2||2||281||9.6%||38||8||21.1%||43|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||19||4||8||7||0||0||168||11.3%||18||4||22.2%||30|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||53||10||22||17||4||2||585||9.1%||86||15||17.4%||93|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||22||4||9||7||2||2||254||8.7%||29||4||13.8%||38|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||7||2||2||1||134||10.4%||8||1||12.5%||24|
|PETER BUDAJ (All Games)||5||5||139||126||90.6%||1||3-2||+1.6||3-2-0||+2||3-2|
|PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)||3||3||101||89||88.1%||0||1-2||-0.4||1-2-0||0||3-0|
|PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)||4||4||112||104||92.9%||1||3-1||+2.6||3-1-0||+3||2-2|
|CAREY PRICE (All Games)||17||17||446||408||91.5%||1||11-6||+3.4||11-6-0||+4||8-9|
|CAREY PRICE (Road Games)||6||6||153||145||94.8%||0||5-1||+4.4||5-1-0||+4||2-4|
|CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)||4||4||100||90||90.0%||1||2-2||-0.5||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-9-0||-7.4||3-9||-7.4||7-5||2.3||30.5||3.7||27.5|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-1.6||2-3||-1.6||2-3||2.8||31.2||3.0||31.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||22||64||12||26||22||4||3||664||9.6%||86||19||22.1%||103|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||12||28||7||10||10||1||1||366||7.7%||55||9||16.4%||49|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||5||3||5||1||1||156||9.0%||15||1||6.7%||20|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||75||17||25||31||2||6||663||11.3%||76||12||15.8%||130|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||44||6||15||22||1||5||330||13.3%||35||7||20.0%||78|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||2||8||4||1||2||156||9.6%||16||2||12.5%||26|
|RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)||3||3||83||71||85.5%||0||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|RICK DIPIETRO (Home Games)||1||1||30||25||83.3%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|RICK DIPIETRO (Last 4 Games)||3||3||83||71||85.5%||0||0-3||-3.2||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)||18||18||547||493||90.1%||0||9-9||+0.6||9-9-0||+1||10-8|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Home Games)||10||10||268||237||88.4%||0||3-7||-5||3-7-0||-4||5-5|
|EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||127||117||92.1%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|KEVIN POULIN (All Games)||1||1||27||24||88.9%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|KEVIN POULIN (Home Games)||1||1||27||24||88.9%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)||1||1||27||24||88.9%||0||0-1||-1.3||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 3, NY ISLANDERS 3.14|
|2/6/2013||BOSTON||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||U|
|2/7/2013||at BUFFALO||4-5||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||TORONTO||0-6||L||0, -170||L||5 ov||O|
|2/12/2013||at TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, +115||W||5.5 ev||O|
|2/14/2013||at FLORIDA||1-0||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||U|
|2/16/2013||PHILADELPHIA||4-1||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/18/2013||CAROLINA||3-0||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/19/2013||at NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, +140||W||5 ev||U|
|2/21/2013||NY ISLANDERS||3-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/23/2013||NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, -140||W||5 un||U|
|2/25/2013||at OTTAWA||1-2||L||0, -130||L||5 un||U|
|2/27/2013||at TORONTO||5-2||W||0, -110||W||5 ov||O|
|3/2/2013||PITTSBURGH||6-7||L||0, -120||L||5 ov||O|
|3/3/2013||at BOSTON||4-3||W||0, +160||W||5 ov||O|
|3/5/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/7/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/9/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/10/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|3/16/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/7/2013||at NY RANGERS||1-4||L||0, +140||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||BUFFALO||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/11/2013||CAROLINA||4-6||L||0, -115||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/14/2013||at NY RANGERS||4-3||W||0, +135||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/16/2013||NEW JERSEY||5-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/18/2013||PHILADELPHIA||0-7||L||0, -110||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/19/2013||at OTTAWA||1-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at MONTREAL||4-3||W||0, +130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/23/2013||at BUFFALO||4-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/24/2013||CAROLINA||2-4||L||0, -130||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/26/2013||BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +135||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||TORONTO||4-5||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ev||O|
|3/3/2013||OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/7/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|3/10/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|3/14/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/16/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
LAST SEASON: 31-35-16, 78 points. Missed playoffs by finishing last in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Michel Therrien, 4th season with Canadiens, 77-77-36 (2000-03), 8th overall, 212-182-68 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Colby Armstrong, D Francis Bouillon, LW Brandon Prust.
LOST: C Andreas Engqvist, D Brad Staubitz, LW Mathieu Darche.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Rookie first-round pick Alex Galchenyuk, who was selected with the No. 3 pick in the draft. He's already looking impressive during training camp this week. The Canadiens could use additional scoring punch to take the burden on the line of Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais and Erik Cole, who combined to score 84 of the team's 207 goals.
OUTLOOK: After two coaching changes and a roster upheaval that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary, the outlook can only get better after the bottom fell out of Habs last season. Still, too soon to expect full turnaround under new GM Marc Bergevin, who is still retooling the roster that included sending C Scott Gomez home for remainder of season in order for the team to buy out his contract this summer.
|NY ISLANDERS: |
LAST SEASON: 34-37-7, 79 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 14th in the Eastern Conference.
COACH: Jack Capuano, 3rd season with Islanders, 60-66-21; 3rd overall in NHL.
ADDED: D Lubomir Visnovsky, D Matt Carkner, RW Brad Boyes, LW Eric Boulton, D Radek Martinek.
LOST: RW P.A. Parenteau, G Al Montoya, C Micheal Haley.
PLAYER TO WATCH: John Tavares. Fresh off his first 30-goal season in the NHL, the 22-year-old center is already establishing himself as a star heading into his fourth year with the Islanders. Tavares has increased his goal and point totals each season, topping out at 31 goals and 81 points in 2011-12 while playing in all 82 games.
OUTLOOK: With veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov behind them, the Islanders could surprise some people in a short season. With young talent up front, led by Tavares, the up-and-coming club could hang around and perhaps sneak into a playoff spot in the sprint to the finish.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (MONTREAL-NY ISLANDERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Canadiens-Islanders Preview* =============================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Montreal (14-4-4) at New York (9-11-2), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Montreal Canadiens have earned at least one point in 11 straight games, but they missed an opportunity to collect two in their most recent matchup with the New York Islanders.
The Canadiens will try to avenge that overtime defeat in Tuesday night's rematch and improve to 2-0-0 on their longest road trip of the season.
Montreal (14-4-4) is 8-0-3 in its last 11 games, including a 4-3 loss to the Islanders on Feb. 21 in which New York (9-11-2) rallied from an early two-goal deficit. Rookie defenseman Thomas Hickey's only NHL goal and point ended that game.
The Canadiens quickly bounced back from that defeat and did the same following another overtime loss this weekend. After falling 7-6 to Pittsburgh on Saturday, Montreal scored two goals in the third period for a 4-3 win at rival Boston the next day to take over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.
David Desharnais tallied the tiebreaking goal with 10:43 remaining - his second of the game - while Max Pacioretty scored his fourth in three contests in the opener of a five-game trek.
"We've given up some leads this season and it's usually from sitting back and being too conservative. That's something we talked a lot about," forward Brandon Prust told the team's official website. "We wanted to keep on them and keep pressuring them and playing in their zone as much as we could and it worked well tonight."
Pacioretty, the NHL's first star of the week, has eight goals and six assists over his last nine games and scored twice in the loss to the Islanders.
"A lot of this is my teammates and linemates," he said. "They're finding me and they've been doing a lot of the hard work. I think they're getting rewarded as well."
Pacioretty has seven goals and an assist in his last six games against New York and recorded his only career hat trick in Montreal's most recent visit to Long Island, a 4-2 win Feb. 9, 2012.
New York lost nine of its first 11 at home this season before a 3-2 shootout win over visiting Ottawa on Sunday. An ill John Tavares had the winning shot in the tiebreaker after the Senators pulled even with 1:09 remaining in regulation.
"We can do better," coach Jack Capuano said. "This game is over and now we're focused on Montreal for Tuesday. We have to try to be better every day."
That could be a challenge Tuesday considering Montreal is 5-0-1 in its last six road games. Carey Price, who could be back in net after Peter Budaj beat the Bruins, is 5-0-1 with a 1.29 goals-against average in opponents' arenas on the season.
New York, though, has won five of the last seven meetings with the Canadiens, including two straight. Matt Moulson scored twice on the power play in last month's victory to give him five goals in his last five games in the series.
Since that contest, the Islanders are 1 for 15 with the man advantage and haven't scored on their last 11 opportunities. The Canadiens have killed off 20 of their opponents' last 23 power-play chances and seven of eight over the past five games.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 9:53:29 PM EST|