Canadiens-Islanders Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 17, 2011
While the Montreal Canadiens continue to make strides in the right direction, the New York Islanders are still struggling to find something positive to build on during their extended rough stretch. The Canadiens look to extend their recent success while trying to hand the Islanders a fifth consecutive loss Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. Montreal (8-7-3) won Wednesday for the seventh time in 10 games following a six-game skid, beating Carolina 4-0. Carey Price stopped 25 shots for his first shutout since last season's playoffs, while defenseman P.K. Subban had a goal with an assist and Tomas Plekanec added two assists to help the Canadiens record a point in their fourth straight game. "It was a solid effort all the way through," captain Brian Gionta said. "We were doing the right things." The Canadiens have done well while killing off all 18 of their opponents' power plays over the last five games. The Hurricanes went 0 for 6 on Wednesday. In addition to his solid defensive work, Subban has five points in his last five games after totaling three in his previous 13 contests. He assisted on Travis Moen's sixth goal Wednesday as Moen matched his goal output from last season, when he played in 79 games. Though Price has allowed four goals in each game while splitting his previous two starts on Long Island, he could be in net for this back-to-back scenario after posting his 13th career shutout. Montreal is 12-1-4 in its last 17 meetings with New York, but the Islanders won the final two last season, including 4-1 at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 26. New York (4-8-3) hopes to recapture some of that success against the Canadiens as it tries to break out of a 1-7-3 stretch that followed a three-game winning streak. "It's frustrating," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, whose team is 0-3-1 since a 5-3 win over Washington on Nov. 5. The Islanders' frustration grew after they fell 4-2 to the rival New York Rangers on Tuesday. Matt Moulson tied the game early in the third period, but Brad Richards scored the winner with 4:55 remaining and Ryan Callahan added an empty-netter for the Rangers. "These are the ones you really have to learn from," defenseman Travis Hamonic told the Islanders' official website. "(The win) was right there (for the taking). We had it. We made just one mistake and it ended up in our net. "At the end of the day we have to learn from that and now this one is put away. It's a bad feeling. This is a feeling we don't want anymore." Frans Nielsen had a goal with an assist for the Eastern Conference-worst Islanders, who have been outscored 18-8 over the last four games, including 9-1 in the third period during that stretch. Star forward John Tavares had an assist Tuesday, giving him 11 points - seven goals - in nine home games. He had two goals and an assist in four games against the Canadiens in 2010-11, although he was a minus-5. Evgeni Nabokov could make a third consecutive start after he made 26 saves against the Rangers. The veteran netminder is 5-2-0 with a 2.87 goals-against average versus Montreal. Plekanec, who leads the Canadiens with 12 assists to go with four goals, has a goal in five consecutive games against the Islanders and a point in eight straight.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Best athlete by state all time
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Arizona's Allonzo Trier cleared to play after drug test comes back negative

Rodgers dealing with sickness ahead of NFC Championship Game

Russell Westbrook responds to All-Star snub

Report: Knicks, Melo to part ways by next season

Report: Pau Gasol out up to six weeks after hand surgery

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Adam Jones to serve as penalty box attendant for minor league hockey team

Report: Paxton Lynch to be given chance to win Broncos’ job

Patriots have a magician perform tricks for players every Friday?

Indiana's OG Anunoby needs knee surgery, out for remainder of season

Tom Brady refuses to discuss Donald Trump: ‘Let’s talk about football stuff’

Report: 49ers could target Kirk Cousins in trade that includes No. 2 overall pick

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

Box Score 1/20: 37 years ago today, Carter said no to Moscow

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The NFC Championship’s two most important players

Eight bold predictions for second half of NBA season

Box Score 1/19: Happy anniversary to the 'Tuck Rule' game

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

QUIZ: Name the owners of these 50 famous NFL nicknames

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Clarification Please: Why college basketball needs to ditch the possession arrow

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker