Game Preview: Islanders vs. Canadiens

BY: DAVID KOLB

MONTREAL CANADIENS (29-13-7) @ NEW YORK ISLANDERS (20-17-9)

SECOND OF THREE

The New York Islanders will host the Montreal Canadiens for the second of three games between the clubs this season. Previously, the Habs edged the Isles on Oct. 26, winning 3-2 at Barclays Center. New York is currently in the midst of a strong playoff push, having taken nine out of a possible 10 points in their past five games — including Tuesday’s 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Meanwhile, the Canadiens come to Brooklyn as winners in two of their past three contests.

QUOTABLE

“We played hard and we look like a confident team that has something to prove and somewhere to go.” – Coach Doug Weight after Tuesday’s win over Columbus.

CHIMERA CHIPPING IN

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First-year Islander Jason Chimera has scored five goals in his past seven games, proving to be instrumental in the Isles recent run. Tuesday, Chimera scored 5:21 into the third period and topped off the Islanders 4-2 win.  The former Capitals forward enters tonight’s tilt with ten goals and 18 points in his first season in Brooklyn.

PRICE IS RIGHT AGAIN

Canadiens’ goalie Carey Price ended a rare three-game losing streak Tuesday against the Flames, stopping 30 shots en route to a 5-1 win. The former Vezina Trophy winner has struggled since the turn of the New Year and sits 4-4-1 with a 3.08 goals against average. However, Price is turning in another strong season, owning a 22-9-5 record with a 2.32 goals against average while compiling two shutouts along the way.

CAPTAIN’S HOT

Isles’ captain John Tavares has three goals and three assists in the past four games, giving him 19 goals and 19 assists for 38 points on the season. No 91. is now playing his most inspired hockey of the season, and looks to keep up the pace against Montreal.