Season series (2-0-0) The Islanders look to close out the season series with a perfect record against Montreal for the first time since 1983-84. In the first meeting between the two squads this season on Feb 21, rookie defenseman Thomas Hickey scored his first career goal to give the Isles an overtime win. The Islanders then ended Montreal’s 11-game point streak with a 6-3 win at the Coliseum on Mar. 5. The Canadiens have not lost in regulation since.
Canadiens player to watch Max Pacioretty - Left Wing
With 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 25 games, the fifth-year NHL veteran is on pace to lead the Canadiens in scoring for the second consecutive time. Although he was kept off the score sheet in the last matchup between the Isles and Habs, he scored twice in the Islanders 4-3 overtime win in late February.
Islanders Storylines •The Isles come into Thursday’s game with at least one point in seven of their last nine games (5-2-2). •After going 2-1-0 on a three-game road trip, the Islanders are in the midst of their final extended home stand of the season. The first game back at the Coliseum ended in a 5-3 defeat at the hands of the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins will visit Long Island on Friday followed by the Panthers on Sunday. •Brad Boyes has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last eight games.
New York Islanders projected lines Forwards 26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 24 Brad Boyes 12 Josh Bailey - 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald - 10 Keith Aucoin 36 Eric Boulton – 16 Marty Reasoner –17 Matt Martin
Defensemen 3 Travis Hamonic - 47 Andrew MacDonald 14 Thomas Hickey – 11 Lubomir Visnovsky 2 Mark Streit - 4 Radek Martinek
Goaltenders 20 Evgeni Nabokov 60 Kevin Poulin
Montreal Canadiens projected lines Forwards 21 Brian Gionta – 14 Tomas Plekanec – 73 Michael Ryder 67 Max Pacioretty – 51 David Desharnais – 11 Brendan Gallagher 27 Alex Galchenyuk – 81 Lars Eller – 20 Colby Armstrong 32 Travis Moen - 37 Gabriel Dumont – 53 Ryan White
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