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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/21/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



MONTREAL (19-5-0-5, 43 pts.) at NY ISLANDERS (13-13-0-3, 29 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/21/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
57MONTREAL-125Ov 5.5,+100-135Ov 5.5,+100
58NY ISLANDERS+105Un 5.5,-120+115Un 5.5,-120
MONTREAL - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games19-10-0+6.719-10+6.716-
Team Stats (Road Games)10-4-0+6.810-4+6.89-
Last 5 Games4-1-0+1.84-1+1.83-23.433.62.425.0
MONTREAL Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)29922632304488910.3%1302720.8%156
Team Stats (Road Games)14451215162243010.5%611423.0%74
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5174571116810.1%19526.3%27
Stats Against (All Games) 73133223537779.4%1082220.4%124
Stats Against (Road Games) 3641812233939.2%44818.2%59
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12353101259.6%13538.5%18
MONTREAL - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
PETER BUDAJ (All Games)6615514090.3%14-2+2.64-2-0+34-2
PETER BUDAJ (Road Games)4411710388.0%02-2+0.62-2-0+14-0
PETER BUDAJ (Last 4 Games)44888293.2%14-0+4.64-0-0+52-2
CAREY PRICE (All Games)232362156691.1%115-8+4.115-8-0+512-11
CAREY PRICE (Road Games)101027525693.1%08-2+6.28-2-0+65-5
CAREY PRICE (Last 4 Games)441099990.8%03-1+0.83-1-0+12-2

NY ISLANDERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games13-16-0-3.213-16-3.218-
Team Stats (Home Games)5-11-0-7.95-11-7.910-62.730.73.527.9
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.73-2+0.74-
NY ISLANDERS Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)2986173530458689.9%1072523.4%144
Team Stats (Home Games)1643101616124928.7%721419.4%77
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)515465011529.9%16425.0%28
Stats Against (All Games) 962229423785511.2%951818.9%170
Stats Against (Home Games) 56817292644612.6%471123.4%101
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 164390112313.0%11327.3%30
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 (Home Games)11302583.3%00-1-1.20-1-0-11-0
RICK DIPIETRO (Last 4 Games)33837185.5%00-3-3.20-3-0-32-1
EVGENI NABOKOV (All Games)252572765490.0%013-12+1.213-12-0+215-10
EVGENI NABOKOV (Home Games)141438334189.0%05-9-5.45-9-0-48-6
EVGENI NABOKOV (Last 4 Games)44877586.2%02-2-0.32-2-003-1
KEVIN POULIN (All Games)21383489.5%00-1-1.30-1-0-11-0
KEVIN POULIN (Home Games)11272488.9%00-1-1.30-1-0-11-0
KEVIN POULIN (Last 4 Games)21383489.5%00-1-1.30-1-0-11-0
Average power rating of opponents played: MONTREAL 2.96,  NY ISLANDERS 3.15
MONTREAL - Schedule
2/23/2013NY RANGERS3-0W0, -140W5 unU
2/25/2013at OTTAWA1-2L0, -130L5 unU
2/27/2013at TORONTO5-2W0, -110W5 ovO
3/2/2013PITTSBURGH6-7L0, -120L5 ovO
3/3/2013at BOSTON4-3W0, +160W5 ovO
3/5/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-6L0, -120L5.5 unO
3/7/2013at CAROLINA4-2W0, -115W5.5 unO
3/9/2013at TAMPA BAY4-3W0, -105W5.5 unO
3/10/2013at FLORIDA5-2W0, -130W5.5 unO
3/13/2013OTTAWA4-3W0, -185W5 unO
3/16/2013at NEW JERSEY2-1W0, -140W5 ovU
3/19/2013BUFFALO2-3L0, -215L5.5 unU
3/21/2013at NY ISLANDERS 
3/26/2013at PITTSBURGH 
3/27/2013at BOSTON 
3/30/2013NY RANGERS 

2/23/2013at BUFFALO4-0W0, +105W5.5 ovU
2/24/2013CAROLINA2-4L0, -130L5.5 ovO
2/26/2013BOSTON1-4L0, +135L5.5 unU
2/28/2013TORONTO4-5L0, -140L5.5 evO
3/3/2013OTTAWA3-2W0, -160W5.5 unU
3/5/2013MONTREAL6-3W0, +100W5.5 unO
3/7/2013NY RANGERS1-2L0, -110L5.5 unU
3/9/2013WASHINGTON5-2W0, -125W5.5 ovO
3/10/2013at PITTSBURGH1-6L0, +150L6 unO
3/14/2013at TAMPA BAY2-0W0, +105W6 ovU
3/16/2013at FLORIDA4-3W0, -125W5.5 unO
3/19/2013OTTAWA3-5L0, -135L5.5 unO
3/26/2013at WASHINGTON 
3/28/2013at PHILADELPHIA 
3/30/2013at PITTSBURGH 
4/1/2013at NEW JERSEY 

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.


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* =============================


Montreal (19-5-5) at New York (13-13-3), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Montreal Canadiens weren't entirely discouraged after their failed comeback bid, which would have extended their winning streak to their longest of the season. But they'll still have plenty to clean up after a crucial mistake proved costly.

To get back on track, Montreal will need a road victory Thursday night against the New York Islanders, a team they've had difficulties with recently.

Montreal (19-5-5), which trails only Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference standings, is 13-1-4 in its last 18 games, with that lone regulation loss coming on Long Island, 6-3, on March 5. The Canadiens had won five in a row since that defeat, but that run came to an end with Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo.

It was the second straight game that Montreal was held to two goals after scoring four or more in seven of the previous eight contests.

But coach Michel Therrien saw a positive in finding a way to come away with a point after the club trailed 2-0 entering the third.

"We never quit," he said "I thought the guys worked really hard to make a comeback. As long as the effort is there, I'm going to be satisfied."

Still, Therrien wasn't pleased with what helped lead to the decisive goal in overtime - a P.K. Subban high-sticking penalty 17 seconds into the extra period. Discipline has sometimes been an issue for the Canadiens, one of the league's more penalized teams with an average of 13:46 penalty minutes per game.

"We're going to take care of that internally and make sure it doesn't happen again," Therrien said.

Teams have also been taking advantage against Montreal of late, scoring four power play goals on 10 chances over the last three games.

The Islanders (13-13-3) will look to capitalize, as they've been one of the league's better power-play teams all season, converting on 23.4 percent of their chances. They were 2 for 5 on the power play in the last meeting, though they scored on only one of six advantages in a 5-3 home loss to Ottawa on Tuesday.

It was the second straight game in which New York blew a third-period lead after it held a 3-1 edge going into the final period Saturday at Florida. They avoided a meltdown with a 4-3 win in that contest, but finishing games continues to a problem for the Islanders.

They are just 13-7-3 in games in which they've been tied or led in the third period.

"It's disturbing," coach Jack Capuano said following Tuesday's defeat. "We put ourselves in this situation."

New York does have the benefit of Brad Boyes and Matt Moulson both riding five-game point streaks. Boyes had three assists in the first two games against Montreal this season, while Moulson has six goals in his last six meetings.

The Islanders have won six of eight overall against Montreal and three of the last four matchups at home.

Canadiens goalie Carey Price is 4-0-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average since allowing five goals on 23 shots in this month's loss to the Islanders.

Price could face New York's Michael Grabner, who may return after sitting out the last three games with a shoulder injury. Grabner is third on the team with 10 goals.

Last Updated: 9/25/2018 4:09:15 AM EST

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