NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, November 24th (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (8-10-2) at Montreal Canadiens (11-5-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will shoot for their fifth victory in six games when they visit the Montreal Canadiens for this evening's contest at the Bell Centre.
New York will have to reverse its recent history against the Canadiens if it is to win tonight. Montreal has won six straight and eight of the last 10 meetings in the series and the Islanders have dropped three in a row and seven of eight in Quebec.
The Isles last defeated the Habs on February 24, 2007 and they haven't won in Montreal since February 3 of the same year.
New York had a three-game winning streak snapped with a 5-2 setback at New Jersey on Friday, but rebounded with a win in Buffalo the following night. Andy Hilbert notched a goal and an assist, as New York topped the Sabres, 4-2, at HSBC Arena.
Bill Guerin and Jon Sim also scored, while Mark Streit added an empty-net tally for the Islanders.
Joey MacDonald stopped 35 shots and improved to 8-7-2 on the season.
The Islanders, who are 4-4-1 as the visiting team this year, are completing a three-game road trip tonight. New York has won two of three and three of its last five tests on the road.
The Canadiens have dropped two of their last three games and are just 4-4-2 in the month of November. Montreal did pick up a point its last time out, as it dropped a shootout decision to visiting Boston on Saturday night. Blake Wheeler scored the only goal of the final segment as the Bruins spoiled Patrick Roy's night with a 3-2 at the Bell Centre.
Wheeler was the first shooter and he lost control of the puck down low, but it found its way between the pads of Carey Price. Tim Thomas then made saves on Alex Kovalev and Andrei Markov before stopping Saku Koivu, who tried to lift a backhander into the top of the net but Thomas kept it out.
Tom Kostopoulos had a goal and an assist while Andrei Kostitsyn also lit the lamp for the Canadiens. Price finished the game with 25 saves.
In a ceremony before the game, the Canadiens honored former goaltender Roy by retiring his No. 33 jersey. The all-time wins leader amongst goaltenders, Roy guided Montreal to two Stanley Cups (1986 and 1993) and won 289 games while wearing the Habs jersey before being traded to Colorado.
The Habs are wrapping a brief two-game homestand tonight and are 5-2-1 as the host this year.
11/24 10:56:00 ET