NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 21st
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (11-6-3) at New York Islanders (11-6-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try to keep their terrific
month of November going tonight, when they welcome the Montreal Canadiens to
The Islanders are 6-2-0 this month and are coming off back-to-back wins. New
York is now just three points away from the Rangers for first place in the
The most recent victory for the Islanders came in a close decision against the
Rangers on Monday. Rick DiPietro made 18 saves and recorded his 100th career
victory, as the Isles defeated the rival Rangers, 2-1, at Madison Square
Ruslan Fedotenko and Josef Vasicek tallied the goals for the Islanders.
DiPietro, meanwhile, improved to 10-5-0 this season with a .912 save
percentage and 2.26 goals-against average.
The Islanders have played seven straight games decided by one goal in
regulation time, becoming the first team in NHL history to do so. They have
gone 5-2-0 in those contests.
New York will play four of its next five games on home ice, beginning with
tonight's test. They are an impressive 7-2-0 at Nassau Coliseum this season.
The Canadiens have been up and down in recent weeks, going 2-3-0 in their last
five games. Montreal had a home test against Ottawa on Monday and was handed a
4-2 loss, as Dany Heatley posted a goal and two assists for the mighty
The Sens ruined a special night for the Canadiens, who prior to the game
retired former great Larry Robinson's No. 19, which made the legendary
defenseman the 13th Montreal player to have his number lifted to the rafters.
Robinson, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, won six Stanley Cup titles
during his 17-year tenure with the Habs and twice won the Norris Trophy as the
NHL's best defenseman. Robinson is also second on Montreal's all-time list in
games played (1,202), fourth in assists (686) and fifth in points (883).
Cristobal Huet gave up all four goals on 29 shots while Guillaume Latendresse
and Chris Higgins scored for the Canadiens, who have two losses in their last
Montreal is 6-3-1 as the visiting team this season and begin a stretch of four
road tests in five games tonight.
The Canadiens have won three of five and five of the last eight meetings with
the Islanders. Montreal has been defeated in two of its previous three stops
on Long Island.
11/21 10:40:12 ET