6-8-3 (15 points – 5th in Metropolitan Division, 11th in Eastern Conference) 3-5-0 road
Montreal Canadiens 8-8-1 (17 points - 6th in Atlantic Division, 8th in Eastern Conference) 4-4-1 home
6:00 p.m. Bell Centre Montreal, Que.
Television: MSG PLUS 2 Play-by-play: Howie Rose; Color: Butch Goring
Radio: WHRU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM Chris King: Play-by-play; Greg Picker: Color
2012-13 season series (2-1-0)
The Islanders won the season series, taking four of a possible six points from the Canadiens. Two blueliners, Thomas Hickey and Radek Martinek, scored the game-winners for the Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov was in goal for both wins. The Isles won the only meeting in Montreal, a gutsy 4-3 comeback win in overtime.
Canadiens player to watch P.K. Subban - Defenseman
Subban is having another strong season as the league's reigning Norris Trophy winner. The 24-year-old defenseman leads the Canadiens with 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 17 games this season. Subban's slap shot is as good as they come and at 6'0, 217 lbs., he can throw his body with force. The Isles have to be aware of #76 at the point tonight.
Islanders Storylines • Crossin' the Atlantic: The Islanders are 2-0-1 against Atlantic division teams this season. That record is put to the test against a Canadiens team with a 3-0-0 record against the Metropolitan division. •Special Teams: Montreal boasts a top-three power play and penalty kill this season. A 23.4% conversion rate means the Isles have to play disciplined hockey. • End of the Road: The Islanders wrap up a four-game road trip in Montreal.
Islanders 18.5% (14th) 76.0% (28th) 47 51 3-6-1
Power play Penalty kill Goals for Goals against Last 10
Canadiens 23.4 (3rd) 87.3% (4th) 44 38 3-6-1
New York Islanders previous game lines Forwards 26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo 96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey 40 Michael Grabner - 16 Peter Regin - 13 Colin McDonald 36 Eric Boulton - 53 Casey Cizikas - 17 Matt Martin
Defensemen 47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic 55 Aaron Ness - 7 Matt Carkner 14 Thomas Hickey - 46 Matt Donovan
Goaltenders 20 Evgeni Nabokov 60 Kevin Poulin
Montreal Canadiens previous game lines Forwards 67 Max Pacioretty - 14 Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta 27 Alex Galchekyuk - 81 Lars Eller - 11 Brenden Gallagher 49 Michael Bournival - 51 David Desharnais - 17 Rene Bourque 32 Travis Moen - 53 Ryan White - 15 George Parros
Defensemen 76 P.K. Subban - 79 Andre Markov 26 Josh Georges - 61 Raphael Diaz 55 Francis Bouillon - 6 Douglas Murray