Though the Canadiens have earned points in their last three games, the team has only won two of their last eight, taking home a 2-2-4 record in that span. With just four home wins this season, the Canadiens will be on fire at the Bell Centre, while the Isles look to extend their three-game road win streak.
Coming off a loss to the Penguins, the Isles first regulation loss in a seven-game span, the Islanders are determined to start the game with a lot of energy.
"We’ve been playing some good hockey, but our basics are hard work and to grind games out," Islanders Captain Mark Streit
said. "We just have to be a on top of our game every shift and I thought we just felt too comfortable (against Pittsburgh). Anywhere in life if you feel too comfortable, get complacent, not a lot of good things happen. If you work hard and stay on top of our game, stick to our game plan, we’re tough to beat. We don’t have the luxury to win games with half-efforts."
After scoring just one power play goal on 13 opportunities in these last three games, the Islanders took a large part of Monday's practice to work on special teams.
"Those situations are crucial, a lot of times they make the difference between winning and losing," Streit said. "You have to work on the power play, even if it works, even if it’s pretty successful. You still have to work on it and the PK as well. All the games are so tight and just small things make the difference between losing and winning."
He continued, "I think the power play has been okay lately, but personally I would like to see our PP in the top 10 of the league. That should be our goal, our mindset. I understand there is a lot of games, we’ve had a lot of games lately and it’s tough to get good, quality practices in, but I’m happy we took advantage today and worked on it."