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Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders [Game 65]

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A nor'easter game against the Canadiens? Never heard of that.

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7:00 P.M. E.S.T.
Radio Network Arena Network Radio
690 AM CKGM RDS Barclays Center MSG 88.7 FM WRHU
League Value Metric Value League
26th 46.0% Points Percentage 50.8% 22nd
8th 19.15% Net Power Play Percentage 16.24% 20th
25th 80.30% Net Penalty Kill Percentage 77.05% 30th
17th 99.45% Combined Special Teams Percentage 93.29% 26th
29th 2.54 Goals for per Game (All Situations) 3.25 8th
23rd 3.10 Goals against per Game (All Situations) 3.56 31st
22nd -.16 Penalty +/- per Game (All Situations) .22 9th
15th 50.42% Shot Attempt Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 47.21% 26th
8th 51.75% Scoring Chance Percentage (5V5 Score Adjusted) 45.37% 30th
28th 98.38% P.D.O. (5V5) 100.88% 9th
31st 6.07% Shooting Percentage (5V5) 9.12% 4th
16th 92.31% Save Percentage (5V5) 91.76% 26th
Data from Hockey-Reference.com and Natural Stat Trick
The Enemies' Lair
Eyes On The Prize

The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens will square off for the second time in three days, this time at Barclays Center. The Islanders played well enough that they should have won the last game garnering the majority of the shot attempts, but had trouble getting pucks on Antti Niemi as the Canadiens carried the shot differential advantage after score adjustments by a minor margin (Jaroslav Halak could have played better as well). The Islanders ultimately fell to the Canadiens by a score of three-to-one which put their season even further on the brink.

The Islanders enter this one with just a 6.3 percent chance of making the playoffs according to moneypuck.com. They desperately need to win this game if they wish to compete for the Stanley Cup come April. They'll need help - they currently sit at 11th in points percentage and two of the teams that are ahead of them - the Florida Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes - are projected to win their respective matchups tonight.

In an attempt to balance the lines a bit more, Doug Weight has moved Josh Bailey down to the third line and Tanner Fritz up to the first. In addition to that, Casey Cizikas is out of tonight's game as he is expecting a child any moment now. He'll be replaced by Ross Johnston on the fourth line while Chris Wagner moves over to centre. Kudos to Cizikas not only for the child, but also making the decision to take family over sport in a league where that decision can often be scorned by the media and public.

No changes will be made to the defense. Jaroslav Halak gets the nod again tonight. The Canadiens will change it up and start top goaltending prospect Charlie Lindgren while Niemi heads to the bench.

Tonight's game will be on MSG. Puck drop is at 7:05 P.M. E.S.T. The last time there was a crazy snow system against the Canadiens resulted in the former-and-soon-to-be-new home of the Islanders sounding like a home game for Montreal. Hopefully that isn't the case tonight.

UPDATE 6:29 P.M. EST: Jordan Eberle can't go tonight either - Thomas Hickey is in at forward.

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup

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

New York Islanders Projected Lineup

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