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New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens [Game 45]

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Tanner Fritz and Alan Quine and Shane Prince, oh my!

The Struggling Carey Price takes on the League's Highest Shooting Percentage
The Struggling Carey Price takes on the League's Highest Shooting Percentage
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7:30 PM EST
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU SN Centre Bell FS-CAR 690 AM CKGM
League Value Metric Value League
22nd 54.5% Points Percentage 47.7% 26th
23rd 14.38% Net Power Play Percentage 17.83% 9th
30th 76.81% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 81.43% 22nd
27th 91.20% Combined Special Teams Percentage 99.26% 17th
2nd 3.48 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.58 29th
31st 3.64 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.09 22nd
12th .18 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) -.26 22nd
20th 48.64% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 50.52% 15th
27th 46.79% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 51.36% 12th
7th 101.05% P.D.O. (5V5) 98.72% 26th
1st 9.55% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 6.29% 29th
27th 91.50% Save Percentage (5V5) 92.43% 15th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Eyes On The Prize

The New York Islanders brief road trip continues as they take to the ice against the Montreal Canadiens. They'll look to stay undefeated since their bye week and move. There's still plenty of work to be done as they're still seventh in the Metropolitan in points percentage and have a long way to go if they wish to push themselves into a playoff spot.

The Islanders finally broke out of their slump Saturday thanks to the New York Rangers. The Islanders lit up Ondrej Pavelec by a score of seven to two. Perhaps more importantly, they finally won a possession battle - it was the first time they lead their opponents in score adjusted unblocked shot attempts during five-on-five play in over a month.

Unfortunately they lost Casey Cizikas to an injury in that game. They've recalled Tanner Fritz to play on the fourth line. Tanner Fritz is probably fine for a fourth line player, but the Islanders are already paying something to the tune of 13 million dollars in fourth-line caliber players between Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Jason Chimera, and Nikolay Kulemin - if they don't go for broke before the trade deadline, they should probably look to cut some of that dead weight and see what some of the individuals with a considerably smaller cap hit can do for them so they can acquire the talent needed to truly compete in the off-season. There are far too many replacement level players on this team to remain truly competitive.

Montreal comes in as one of the most disappointing teams in the league. They have some mediocre possession numbers (though they are higher than the Islanders in that regard), but have had some terrible shooting luck as they sit at 29th in the league. They've also been pretty bad in net with Carey Price getting injured and then putting up numbers that are closest to James Reimer with Reimer's numbers actually being slightly better.

Thomas Greiss will get the start tonight, perhaps due to Montreal's lackluster shooting percentage. He'll go up against the aforementioned Price. Price's price tag goes up to ten million dollars next year and if he doesn't start to turn it around, he's going to get some Rick DiPietro comparisons.

Game time is at 7:35 P.M. E.S.T. as it will be featured on NBC Sports. Brendan Burke has the call on the national broadcast, so hopefully it won't be too abhorrent. For now, everyone gets to enjoy their yearly dosage of Mike Milbury covering the Islanders.

New York Islanders Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Alan Quine
Anthony Beauvillier Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Shane Prince Brock Nelson Michael Dal Colle
Jason Chimera Tanner Fritz Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Scott Mayfield
Thomas Hickey Ryan Pulock
Adam Pelech Sebastian Aho
Goalies
Thomas Greiss
Jaroslav Halak

Montréal Canadiens Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Alex Galchenyuk Jonathan Drouin Daniel Carr
Max Pacioretty Paul Byron Charles Hudon
Artturi Lehkonen Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Nicolas Deslauriers Jacob de la Rose Byron Froese
Left Defence Right Defense
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn Jakub Jerabek
Victor Mete David Schlemko
Goalies
Carey Price
Antti Niemi