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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/21/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore



NY ISLANDERS (42-24-0-7, 91 pts.) at MONTREAL (38-28-0-7, 83 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/21/2019 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
35NY ISLANDERS+105Ov 5,-120+130Ov 5,-125
36MONTREAL-125Un 5,+100-150Un 5,+105
NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games42-31-0+14.442-31+14.424-442.828.32.430.8
Team Stats (Road Games)20-15-0+9.420-15+9.410-212.726.62.432.5
Last 5 Games3-2-0-0.33-2-0.30-41.626.62.032.0
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)732066762671018206910.0%2053115.1%330
Team Stats (Road Games)35963231294693010.3%901617.8%156
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)58322111336.0%10110.0%11
Stats Against (All Games) 17851566471422477.9%2013919.4%295
Stats Against (Road Games) 852825293811377.5%1031918.4%141
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 10253001606.2%13215.4%13
NY ISLANDERS - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CHRISTOPHER GIBSON (All Games)20171694.1%00-000-0-000-0
CHRISTOPHER GIBSON (Road Games)107685.7%00-000-0-000-0
THOMAS GREISS (All Games)40361101102292.8%222-14+10.222-14-0+1112-22
THOMAS GREISS (Road Games)171549846793.8%010-5+6.810-5-0+93-10
THOMAS GREISS (Last 4 Games)4412111695.9%13-1+0.73-1-0+10-4
ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)39371120103692.5%320-17+4.220-17-0+412-22
ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)202062658192.8%110-10+2.510-10-0+27-11
ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)441129988.4%02-2-0.62-2-0-12-1

MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games38-35-0+3.438-35+3.430-392.933.72.931.0
Team Stats (Home Games)20-16-0+1.220-16+1.214-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.92-3-1.91-41.838.22.829.0
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)7321565766861424628.7%2182611.9%363
Team Stats (Home Games)361092842372713018.4%1171311.1%175
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)59252021914.7%1417.1%18
Stats Against (All Games) 2136569727822629.4%2244419.6%363
Stats Against (Home Games) 983428324410489.4%1051716.2%165
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14257001459.7%11218.2%23
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ANTTI NIEMI (All Games)171754047988.7%08-9-0.68-9-0-212-4
ANTTI NIEMI (Home Games)6619717990.9%04-2+1.84-2-0+14-1
ANTTI NIEMI (Last 4 Games)44836983.1%00-4-4.80-4-0-53-1
CAREY PRICE (All Games)58561715157191.6%330-26+430-26-0+618-35
CAREY PRICE (Home Games)303084777191.0%216-14-0.516-14-0+110-19
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)4411611094.8%02-2-0.62-2-0-10-4
Average power rating of opponents played: NY ISLANDERS 3.13,  MONTREAL 3.08
2/23/2019at VANCOUVER4-0W0, -125W5.5 unU
2/26/2019CALGARY1-3L0, -115L5.5 ovU
2/28/2019TORONTO6-1W0, -135W6 evO
3/1/2019WASHINGTON1-3L0, -110L6 ovU
3/3/2019PHILADELPHIA1-4L0, -165L6 unU
3/5/2019OTTAWA5-4W0, -320W6 unO
3/7/2019at OTTAWA4-2W0, -200W5.5 evO
3/9/2019PHILADELPHIA2-5L0, -150L6 unO
3/11/2019COLUMBUS2-0W0, -110W5.5 unU
3/14/2019MONTREAL2-1W0, -130W5.5 unU
3/16/2019at DETROIT1-2L0, -230L5.5 unU
3/17/2019at MINNESOTA3-2W0, -105W5.5 unU
3/19/2019BOSTON0-5L0, +105L5 ovP
3/21/2019at MONTREAL 
3/23/2019at PHILADELPHIA 
3/26/2019at COLUMBUS 
3/28/2019at WINNIPEG 

MONTREAL - Schedule
2/23/2019at TORONTO3-6L0, +170L6 ovO
2/25/2019at NEW JERSEY1-2L0, -150L6 unU
2/26/2019at DETROIT8-1W0, -125W6 unO
3/1/2019at NY RANGERS4-2W0, -125W6 unP
3/2/2019PITTSBURGH1-5L0, -125L6.5 ovU
3/5/2019at LOS ANGELES3-1W0, -140W5.5 ovU
3/7/2019at SAN JOSE2-5L0, +160L6.5 unO
3/8/2019at ANAHEIM2-8L0, -135L5.5 unO
3/12/2019DETROIT3-1W0, -375W5.5 ovU
3/14/2019at NY ISLANDERS1-2L0, +110L5.5 unU
3/16/2019CHICAGO0-2L0, -155L7 evU
3/19/2019at PHILADELPHIA3-1W0, -105W6 unU
3/21/2019NY ISLANDERS 
3/24/2019at CAROLINA 
3/28/2019at COLUMBUS 
3/30/2019at WINNIPEG 
NY ISLANDERS: LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Seventh in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: Barry Trotz (first season, 20th NHL season).
ADDED: F Leo Komarov, F Valtteri Filppula, F Tom Kuhnhackl, F Jan Kovar, G Robin Lehner, D Luca Sbisa.
LOST: F John Tavares, D Calvin de Haan, G Jaroslav Halak.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Mathew Barzal. The reigning Calder Trophy winner as the league's top rookie will be looked on to fill a bigger role with Tavares' departure. Barzal led the team in scoring last season with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists). After playing on the second line with Jordan Eberle and fellow youngster Anthony Beauvillier a year ago, Barzal is expected to lead the top line with Beauvillier and Josh Bailey.
OUTLOOK: The Islanders have made just three playoff appearances in the last 11 seasons, missing out by 17 points last season after finishing with 30 losses in their final 45 games (15-24-6). The regression cost general manager Garth Snow and
COACH Doug Weight their jobs, replaced by three-time champion executive Lou Lamoriello as president of hockey operations and Trotz ' who led Washington to the Stanley Cup title. The change in leadership has brought new optimism for the future, though experts expect another playoff miss.
MONTREAL: LAST SEASON: 29-40-31, 71 points. Finished sixth in Atlantic Division and missed playoffs.
COACH: Claude Julien (third season, 17th NHL season)
ADDED: F Max Domi, F Tomas Tatar, C Tomas Plekanec, F Joel Armia
LOST: LW Max Pacioretty, F Alex Galchenyuk
PLAYER TO WATCH: Carey Price. The all-world goaltender could be the difference between Montreal being one of the worst teams in the NHL and a playoff contender. He has the ability to steal games and will have to stay healthy and be at his best to have the Canadiens even dreaming about returning to the postseason.
OUTLOOK: Absent a heroic performance from Price, the Canadiens are in rebuilding territory after trading Pacioretty and Galchenyuk and counting on Domi and a youth movement to generate some optimism in hockey-mad Montreal. It's tough to see this as a playoff team on paper, especially with top defenseman Shea Weber out for at least the first couple of months of the regular season.
Islanders look to rebound in clash with Canadiens

Coming off arguably their worst loss of the season, the New York Islanders will face another tough challenge when they visit the playoff-hungry Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

The Islanders (42-24-7, 91 points) were shut out on home ice on Tuesday, suffering a 5-0 loss to the Bruins. New York managed only a season-low 13 shots in the game.

The defeat dropped New York two points behind the Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division, and also narrowed the gap between the Islanders and the Penguins (89 points), Hurricanes (87) and Blue Jackets (84).

With just nine games remaining in the regular season, the Islanders don't have time to dwell on the tough result.

"(Tuesday) obviously wasn't to the level that we've set for ourselves," forward Josh Bailey said. "Unfortunately in an 82-game season those things happen. It doesn't make it acceptable by any means. I think if anything you just need to talk about it, learn from it, and turn the page and still remember that we do have a good, quality team in here."

New York suffered a blow on Wednesday when it learned center Valtteri Filppula is expected to miss four weeks with an upper-body injury.

Filppula, 35, was injured in the first period Tuesday night on a hit from behind by Boston Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton. Filppula has 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) in 71 games in his first season with the Islanders.

Meanwhile, the Canadiens also can't rest on their laurels in the wake of their 3-1 win over the Flyers on Tuesday. Montreal (38-28-7, 83 points) sits just a point behind the Blue Jackets for the final Eastern Conference wild-card berth.

"Our focus right now is really trying to emphasize controlling what we can control," forward Brendan Gallagher said. "We did a good job tonight but now we've got to move on. It's kind of the position we're in, we've got to put together some wins. ... We need every game badly right now."

New York has been one of the NHL's best defensive teams this season, creating added pressure on the Canadiens to break out of their scoring slump. Montreal has scored just 15 goals over their last eight games, which has unsurprisingly led to just a 3-5-0 record in that stretch.

The lack of offense has obscured more outstanding play from Carey Price, who is expected to make his sixth consecutive start on Thursday. Montreal's star netminder has a .948 save percentage and 1.52 goals against average over his last four games, though with only a 2-2-0 record to show for it.

Robin Lehner allowed five goals on 39 shots against Boston, in the goalie's first action after missing New York's previous six games. Lehner was sidelined first with an upper-body injury, and then was kept on the bench due to Thomas Greiss' red-hot play, making it possible that the Islanders will again turn to Greiss against Montreal.

Greiss was named the NHL's First Star of the Week for March 11-17 after posting a .959 save percentage, 1.25 goals against average, and a 3-1-0 record over four games.

One of Greiss' victories was a 2-1 win over the Canadiens on March 14. New York and Montreal have split their previous two meetings this season, with the Canadiens capturing a 4-3 shootout win on November 5.

Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck also was forced out of Tuesday's game due to an upper-body injury. He is questionable for Thursday.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/19/2019 8:43:56 AM EST

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