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New York Islanders at Montreal Canadiens [Game 64]

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The Islanders play their first of two against the woeful Canadiens

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7:00 P.M. E.S.T.
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
88.7 FM WRHU MSG+ Centre Bell RDS 690 AM CKGM
League Value Metric Value League
21st 51.6% Points Percentage 45.2% 27th
19th 16.41% Net Power Play Percentage 18.82% 9th
29th 77.35% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 80.10% 25th
26th 93.76% Combined Special Teams Percentage 98.92% 17th
5th 3.29 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 2.53 29th
31st 3.57 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.13 23rd
10th .22 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) -.16 21st
27th 47.01% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 50.59% 15th
30th 45.33% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 51.76% 8th
8th 100.94% P.D.O. (5V5) 98.31% 29th
4th 9.17% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 6.03% 31st
26th 91.76% Save Percentage (5V5) 92.28% 16th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Eyes On The Prize

The New York Islanders head to Quebec for their first of two consecutive games against the woeful Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens are a quality possession team, but the roster that's been assembled up there is relatively devoid of talent. That's shown in their shooting percentage which is dead last in the league.

Chris Wagner was acquired for Jason Chimera at the deadline from the Anaheim Ducks and will make his Islanders debut tonight as he replaces Ross Johnston. That's good! Johnston has a few points to his name, but is sporting a Corsi percentage below 40 percent with a relative percentage of around -7 percent - that's not going to cut it as an N.H.L. player even on the fourth line.

Another Islanders newcomer in Brandon Davidson will make his Islanders debut tonight after being acquired for a third round pick from the Edmonton Oilers. He'll displace Sebastian Aho which is not good. Davidson was acquired to be a defense-first defenseman and the coaching staff has decided that he was going to replace the only Islander defenseman that was doing a better job at suppressing shots and shot attempts (Aho also leads the Islanders defense in relative Corsi percentage).

Jaroslav Halak will get the nod in tonight's contest. Antti Niemi starts for the Canadiens as Carey Price is injured. That may seem like a reprieve, but Price is supporting a dSV% worse than Thomas Greiss this season.

Puck drop is at 7:05 P.M. E.S.T. Tonight's contest will air on MSG+.

New York Islanders Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Anders Lee John Tavares Josh Bailey
Anthony Beauvillier Mathew Barzal Jordan Eberle
Andrew Ladd Brock Nelson Tanner Fritz
Chris Wagner Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defence Right Defense
Nick Leddy Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey Ryan Pulock
Adam Pelech Brandon Davidson
Goalies
Jaroslav Halak
Christopher Gibson

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Jonathan Drouin Artturi Lehkonen
Alex Galchenyuk Phillip Danault Charles Hudon
Paul Byron Jacob de la Rose Brendan Gallagher
Nikita Scherbak Byron Froese Daniel Carr
Left Defence Right Defense
Victor Mete Jeff Petry
Karl Alzner Noah Juulsen
Mike Reilly Jordie Benn
Goalies
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren