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New York Islanders Look To Wake Up Tonight Against Montreal

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It’s been a rough stretch for the Isles. Tonight they’ll welcome in one of the best in the NHL in the Canadiens and need to take advantage of the spotlight.


4-4-2 is what the New York Islanders record sports during their last 10 games. This includes a remarkable three straight home losses.

There’s no question that the Isles have hit one of their worst rough patches of the season during the time teams are looking to put it into high gear.

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  • New York Islanders (42-19-7), 90 Pts, 2nd in Metropolitan Division
  • Montreal Canadiens (42–19-7), 91 pts, 1st in Atlantic Division
  • 7 pm ET, Nassau Coliseum
  • TV: NBS Sports Network

Not only does captain John Tavares and company welcome in one of the best in the league, but they’ll showcase their skills on Network Television on NBC Sports.

What better time then now to turn this mini slump around?

The guy they’ll have to overcome is the Hart Memorial front-runner in Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who’s been just nasty all season long. With a 37-14-4 record, 1.93 goals against average and .935 save percentage, who could argue? In fact, Price leads the league in all three of those categories.

However, it hasn’t been all ice cream and roses for Montreal recently. This past Tuesday they were shutout 1-0 by division rival Tampa Bay Lighting, and two days later suffered a bad defeat against the Ottawa Senators, 5-2.

They’ll look to avoid only their second three-game losing streak of the season tonight.

For New York, they’ll look to avoid losing their fourth straight home game. Aside from the Rangers game last week, every first period has seen lulls in the action and a very undetermined Isles look. If it hadn’t been for a few late game heroics, this team could have a worse feel surrounding it than it currently does.

With the Rangers taking on the worst in the league in Buffalo tonight, the Isles will have an immense amount of pressure to at least pick up on point. As it stands, the Rangers lead the division by a point and still have four games in hand.

It’ll certainly be a test for a struggling offense that’s only scored two goals in their last two games.

Because New York played last night, look for head coach Jack Capuano to go with newly acquired Michal Neurvirth to make his third career Islanders start.

Next: Senators Edge Isles, 2-1

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