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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 2/21/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY ISLANDERS (6-9-0-1, 13 pts.) at MONTREAL (11-4-0-1, 23 pts.)
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Thursday, 2/21/2013 7:35 PM
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61NY ISLANDERS+140Ov 5.5,+105+130Ov 5.5,+130
62MONTREAL-160Un 5.5,-125-150Un 5.5,-150
NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-10-0-3.56-10-3.510-62.930.23.629.6
Team Stats (Road Games)4-4-0+1.24-4+1.25-33.530.13.533.1
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.92-3-0.94-12.829.84.030.4
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)164672116224839.5%671623.9%75
Team Stats (Road Games)82851292224111.6%23730.4%40
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)514184111499.4%21733.3%23
Stats Against (All Games) 571316271447412.0%56916.1%100
Stats Against (Road Games) 289991126510.6%31412.9%48
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 204790115213.2%21523.8%37
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
RICK DIPIETRO (All Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
RICK DIPIETRO (Road Games)22534686.8%00-2-20-2-0-21-1
RICK DIPIETRO (Last 4 Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)131338734689.4%06-7-0.46-7-008-5
EVGENI NABOKOV (Road Games)6621119190.5%04-2+3.24-2-0+34-2
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)441109687.3%02-2+0.12-2-003-1

MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games11-5-0+5.411-5+5.47-92.928.72.226.6
Team Stats (Home Games)7-3-0+2.87-3+2.84-62.929.02.025.3
Last 5 Games5-0-0+5.65-0+5.61-
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)16461317133346010.0%781417.9%81
Team Stats (Home Games)1029108101129010.0%51917.6%53
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5152472313910.8%1915.3%24
Stats Against (All Games) 3571314114268.2%741216.2%61
Stats Against (Home Games) 20587002537.9%49816.3%35
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 5023001134.4%1616.2%10
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PETER BUDAJ (All Games)441059590.5%12-202-2-002-2
PETER BUDAJ (Home Games)22383797.4%12-0+22-0-0+20-2
PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)441059590.5%12-202-2-002-2
CAREY PRICE (All Games)121232129792.5%09-3+5.49-3-0+55-7
CAREY PRICE (Home Games)8821519691.2%05-3+0.85-3-0+14-4
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)441039390.3%03-1+1.83-1-0+12-2
Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.31,  MONTREAL 2.9
1/25/2013at BOSTON2-4L0, +160L5.5 unO
1/27/2013at WINNIPEG4-5L0, +115L5.5 ovO
1/29/2013at PITTSBURGH4-1W0, +170W5.5 ovU
1/31/2013at NEW JERSEY5-4W0, +120W5 ovO
2/3/2013NEW JERSEY0-3L0, -125L5.5 unU
2/5/2013PITTSBURGH2-4L0, +125L5.5 ovO
2/7/2013at NY RANGERS1-4L0, +140L5.5 unU
2/9/2013BUFFALO2-3L0, -120L5.5 ovU
2/11/2013CAROLINA4-6L0, -115L5.5 ovO
2/14/2013at NY RANGERS4-3W0, +135W5.5 unO
2/16/2013NEW JERSEY5-1W0, -105W5.5 unO
2/18/2013PHILADELPHIA0-7L0, -110L5.5 ovO
2/19/2013at OTTAWA1-3L0, +105L5.5 unU
2/21/2013at MONTREAL 
2/23/2013at BUFFALO 

MONTREAL - Schedule
1/27/2013NEW JERSEY4-3W0, -110W5 ovO
1/29/2013WINNIPEG4-3W0, -130W5 ovO
1/30/2013at OTTAWA1-5L0, +135L5.5 unO
2/2/2013BUFFALO6-1W0, -130W5.5 unO
2/3/2013OTTAWA2-1W0, -130W5.5 unU
2/6/2013BOSTON1-2L0, -110L5 ovU
2/7/2013at BUFFALO4-5L0, +120L5.5 unO
2/9/2013TORONTO0-6L0, -170L5 ovO
2/12/2013at TAMPA BAY4-3W0, +115W5.5 evO
2/14/2013at FLORIDA1-0W0, -125W5 ovU
2/16/2013PHILADELPHIA4-1W0, -155W5.5 unU
2/18/2013CAROLINA3-0W0, -130W5.5 unU
2/19/2013at NY RANGERS3-1W0, +140W5 evU
2/21/2013NY ISLANDERS 
2/23/2013NY RANGERS 
2/25/2013at OTTAWA 
2/27/2013at TORONTO 
3/3/2013at BOSTON 

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.


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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY ISLANDERS-MONTREAL) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Islanders-Canadiens Preview* =============================


New York (6-9-1) at Montreal (11-4-1), 7:30 p.m. EDT

Solid defensive play and sharp goaltending have keyed the Montreal Canadiens' longest winning streak of the season.

The Canadiens look to win six straight for the first time in almost three years while trying to hand the visiting New York Islanders a third consecutive defeat Thursday night.

Montreal (11-4-1) has allowed 35 goals this season - fifth-fewest in the NHL - and two in its last four games after yielding 14 in the previous three. Carey Price and Peter Budaj have combined for a 2.09 goals-against average on the year and each has a shutout while splitting starts over the last four contests.

"Our defensemen are doing a good job of closing gaps and we're not giving up many secondary chances," said Price, who made 24 saves in Tuesday's 3-1 road victory over the New York Rangers. "It's the recipe."

Some timely offense also helped Tuesday even though the Canadiens recorded a season-low 18 shots on goal. Max Pacioretty tied the game late in the second period and rookie Alex Galchenyuk added the go-ahead goal early in the third to help Montreal to its fifth straight victory following an 0-2-1 stretch.

"We were just really focused on getting the win," said Galchenyuk, who has a team-best plus-9 rating.

Though the Canadiens are 0 for 12 on the power play in their last four games, they've killed off all 11 of their opponents' chances during that span.

"We're just doing our job, five in a row now," said Pacioretty, who has five points in his last three games. "We focus on everyone in this lineup contributing."

Montreal hopes that formula works again Thursday when it tries to win six in a row for the first time since March 6-16, 2010. In the midst of a three-game stretch versus the two New York teams, the Canadiens are 7-0-4 at home against the Islanders (6-9-1) since a 4-2 loss Feb. 3, 2007.

Pacioretty has five goals and an assist in his last five games in the series. He notched his only career hat trick in a 4-2 win on Long Island on Feb. 9, 2012.

New York has been outscored 10-1 in its last two contests after totaling nine goals while winning the previous two. The Islanders put 38 shots on net Tuesday, but only got Travis Hamonic's tally in a 3-1 loss at Ottawa.

Though New York has lost seven of nine, it was much more competitive against the Senators than during Monday's embarrassing 7-0 home loss to Philadelphia.

"It was encouraging to see guys play hard," goaltender Rick DiPietro told the Islanders' official website. "We played well.

"There's definitely some positives to take out of (the Ottawa game). But at this point, you need points and you need results. We have a couple more games on the road to get the wins that we're looking for."

Islanders star John Tavares has been held without a point in the last two games after recording seven goals and two assists in the previous five. He had a five-game point streak against the Canadiens snapped in the most recent meeting March 17, although New York won 3-2 in a shootout at the Bell Centre.

Last Updated: 2/21/2019 12:11:31 PM EST

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