NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 24th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (32-25-6) at New York Islanders (30-23-8), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will play the fifth tilt of their
current seven-game homestand this afternoon, when they welcome the Montreal
Canadiens to Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders improved to 3-1-0 on the residency Thursday, when they bested
the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, in a shootout. Trent Hunter scored a pair of
goals and Randy Robitaille had the game-winner in the shootout.
Rick DiPietro blocked 27-of-29 shots for the Islanders, who have won four of
their last five contests overall.
New York now stands at 16-10-4 this season at Nassau Coliseum and still has
visits from Philadelphia and St. Louis left on the homestand. The Islanders
trail Carolina by one point for the eighth playoff spot in the East.
Montreal also came out a winner by way of shootout on Thursday, as Saku Koivu
tallied the game-winner in the extra frame to go along with two assists as the
Canadiens edged Nashville, 6-5.
Mark Streit and Sergei Samsonov each had a goal and an assist for the
Canadiens, who have won three straight. Michael Ryder, Garth Murray and
Alexander Perezhogin rounded out the scoring for Montreal.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 of the 31 shots he faced for his third win of the
campaign. Halak is unbeaten since making his debut on February 18.
The Canadiens are 14-13-3 on the road this year and currently sit seventh
overall in the East. The club returns home to face Toronto on Monday before
embarking on a five-game road trip.
Sheldon Souray comes into today's game riding a five-game point streak (two
goals, three assists).
Montreal and New York have split a pair of meetings so far this season, but
the Canadiens have taken four of the last six matchups overall.
02/24 10:25:35 ET