NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, April 2nd
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (39-27-10) at New York Islanders (25-42-9), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The playoff-hopeful Montreal Canadiens will shoot for their
fourth win in five games when they visit the New York Islanders tonight at
The Canadiens are currently holding onto the eighth and final postseason berth
in the Eastern Conference with 88 points. The Habs are one point in back of
the New York Rangers, who are playing at Carolina tonight, and one ahead of
idle Florida. Montreal comes into tonight with a game in hand over both the
Rangers and Panthers.
Montreal has actually recorded at least a point in four straight contests,
going 3-0-1 over that stretch. After losing a shootout decision Saturday
against Buffalo, the Habs ended a five-game homestand with Tuesday's 4-1
victory over Chicago.
Carey Price was strong with 28 saves to lead the Canadiens to the victory over
the Blackhawks. Overall, Price has had a rough sophomore campaign, but has
played well recently with three wins in his last four starts. He is 1-0-2 in
three career outings against the Isles.
Alex Kovalev, Guillaume Latendresse and Andrei Markov scored for the Canadiens
in the win over Chicago.
The Canadiens, who have lost three of four and 13 of their last 16 road games,
are playing the first of two straight away from Montreal tonight. The Habs are
just 15-19-3 as the guest this season.
The Islanders have long since been eliminated from postseason contention and
are still last in the NHL with just 59 points on the year.
New York has lost two straight and five of its last six contests and is coming
off Wednesday's setback in Washington. Mike Green scored two power-play goals
in the third period to lead the Capitals to the 5-3 victory at Verizon Center.
Frans Nielsen had a goal and an assist, while Richard Park and Kyle Okposo
each recorded a goal for the Islanders. Joey MacDonald made 38 saves in the
The Islanders played without defenseman and leading scorer Mark Streit, who
sat out with a groin injury. Streit, who is questionable for tonight's test,
is leading New York with 55 points this year.
Tonight marks the first of two straight at home for the Isles, who will also
welcome Tampa Bay on Saturday. New York is 16-15-6 as the host this year and
has dropped its last two tests on Long Island.
The Isles have taken two of three meetings with Montreal this season, but the
Habs have recorded at least a point in all three matchups (1-0-2). The
Canadiens have taken eight of 12 overall in the series and have won three
straight and four of five at the Coliseum. This evening's encounter is the
final meeting this season between the two clubs.
04/02 10:45:28 ET