NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 1st
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (7-1-1) at New York Islanders (2-6-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens seek a third straight win tonight,
as they travel to New York and Nassau Coliseum to battle the Islanders, a team
that has lost five straight.
Montreal began the year with a shootout loss to Buffalo before ripping off
five wins in a row. The Canadiens then lost their first game in regulation
last Saturday versus Anaheim, but have responded with two straight wins.
After a 3-2 shootout victory over Carolina, Montreal defeated the Minnesota
Wild, 2-1, on Thursday. The Canadiens killed off all 10 Wild power plays in
the contest, moving their penalty kill percentage to 85.1 for the season.
Carey Price stopped 28 shots in the win, and the young netminder has a 1.91
goals against average and .937 save percentage in seven games this year.
Francis Bouillon and Andrei Markov each had a goal while Alex Tanguay
registered two assists in the win. Tanguay is now tied for the team lead in
points with 11.
Montreal's win over Minnesota came at the start of a four-game road trip. The
Canadiens are 3-0-1 on the road this season.
Meanwhile, the Islanders, who haven't won since October 16, will try to avoid
their first six-game slide since March 6-18 of last season. In Thursday's test
versus Philadelphia, Andy Hilbert's third-period goal forced overtime, but
Joey MacDonald was beat by the Flyers' Jeff Carter with 22.9 ticks left in the
extra session in a 3-2 setback.
Bill Guerin also scored for the Islanders, while MacDonald made 25 saves. With
Rick DiPietro still sidelined with a lower body injury, MacDonald made his
seventh appearance and sixth start of the season. He is 2-4-1 with a 3.42 GAA
and .890 save percentage.
Yann Danis dressed as the backup netminder on Thursday.
New York is just 1-4-0 at home this season and it will also host Columbus on
The Islanders have struggled lately against the Canadiens, dropping five
straight and seven of their last nine against the club. Montreal has also won
three of its last four at Nassau Coliseum.
11/01 10:27:14 ET