The New York Islanders host the Montreal Canadiens at the Barclays Center tonight. Here’s everything to know about the matchup.
Before Saturday’s loss the Isles were on a four game point streak and are looking to start another streak today!
The Montreal Canadiens come into this matchup after beating the Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime, Saturday night. Montreal had a 3-1 lead entering the third period, but allowed 2 goals in the third. Jeff Petry found the net just 52 seconds into overtime to give the Canadiens the victory.
Currently the Canadiens are outside of the playoff picture and have more games played (67) than most teams in the Eastern Conference. It will be a long shot for them to make the playoffs, but they can easily take 2 points from any team on any night.
The Season Series
The Isles and Canadiens have only met once this year and it definitely did not go the Islanders way.
On December 3rd the Isles traveled to Montreal and were tied for 99 percent of the 1st period, until Phillip Danault scored with 1 second left in the period. Montreal doubled their lead in the second from a Brendan Gallagher goal and the Isles went into the dressing room down 2-0 after 2.
Montreal then scored just over 2 minutes into the third. The Islanders answered back with two of their own, but it was not enough. Shea Weber put the icing on the cake with an empty netter to give Montreal the 4-2 victory.
The Islanders were out-shot 40-23 and Thomas Greiss got the loss.
The Islanders will finish their season series with the Canadiens on March 28th, in Montreal.
Tale of the Tape
The Islanders come into tonight as the favorites , courtesy of the Action Network.
As show above, the tale of the tape shows a pretty even matchup, but as I say every game, hockey is not a game played on paper.
I expect the Islanders to come out strong, after their performance on Saturday, and play a full 60 minute game. I predict the Islanders to come away with two points at the end of tonight!