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2010-11 Regular Season Record:




4-2-2 : 10 Points
(6th Place in the Eastern Conference)





5-2-1 : 11 Points
(4th Place in the Eastern Conference)














Projected Goalies For This Game Are:



Islanders


# 30 Dwayne Roloson
GPI: 3
Wins: 2
Loses: 1
OTL: 0
SO: 0
GAA: 1.65
Save%: .942



Canadiens


# 31 Carey Price
GPI: 8
Wins: 5
Loses: 2
OTL: 1
SO: 1
GAA: 2.23
Save%: .918


















New York Player Roster
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Montréal Player Roster
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(94)Pyatt - (11)Gomez - (21)Gionta
(46)Kostitsyn - (14)Plekanec - (13)Cammallari
(57)Pouliot - (15)Halpern - (40)Lapierre
(52)Darche - (81)Eller - (32)Moen




(44)Hamrlik - (6)Spacek
(75)Gill - (26)Gorges
(45)Picard - (76)Subban




(31)Price
(35)Auld
















Former Habs Now Playing For The Islanders

(2)Mark Streit



Former Islanders Now Playing For The Habs

(44)Roman Hamrlik






































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Teams off to fast starts meet as Habs host Isles


By Eric Goodman


ISLANDERS (4-2-2) at CANADIENS (5-2-1)

TV -- TSN (HD), RDS (HD), MSG PLUS 2

Season series -- This is the first of four games this season between the Isles and Habs. Montreal held the advantage in 2009-10 with a 3-0-1 record over their opponents from Long Island.

Big story -- Various NHL reporters and experts neglected the Habs and Islanders in their preseason predictions, but both are currently in the top eight of the Eastern Conference. Although we have barely cracked the 2010-11 schedule, both the Canadiens and Isles have to be pleased with where they currently find themselves.

Team Scope:
Islanders -- New York hopes to close out its four-game road trip with a victory, after opening with wins at Toronto and Tampa early last week, but then falling, 4-3 in regulation to the Panthers in Sunrise, Fla., on Saturday. That game saw John Tavares record a hat trick and each club trade goals until the Panthers' Radek Dvorak notched the game-winner on a wrist shot in the middle of the third period.

"It doesn't mean a whole lot when you don't get the two points, not getting a point out of it,” Tavares said. "It's a tough way to lose. A couple tough breaks, a couple tough calls, but that's the way it goes."

Canadiens -- Montreal has given its fans plenty to cheer about and Monday's 3-2 overtime win against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes was just another example of that. Andrei Kostitsyn lifted the Canadiens to victory on a nifty snap shot in the opening minutes of the extra period while Kostitsyn's linemates, Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec, scored in regulation.

"All three guys, I think, are in top shape and we feel good with each other," Kostitsyn said.

Who's hot -- Tavares has 5 goals and 2 assists during a four-game points streak for the Islanders, while PA Parenteau has 1 goal and 4 assists during a four-game points streak of his own. Defenseman James Wisniewski (1-7-8) is tied for the team lead in scoring and has points in all six games he's played. ... Kostitsyn has 4 goals and 2 assists over the Canadiens' last four games.

Injury report -- Forwards Kyle Okposo (right shoulder surgery) and Rob Schremp (strained lower back) and defenseman Mark Streit (left shoulder surgery) are all out for the Islanders. Forward Josh Bailey (strained hip flexor) was supposed to be back last Saturday, but remains a game-time decision for Wednesday. … For the Canadiens, defenseman Andrei Markov (MCL surgery) is still out but is expected to return at some point before the end of October.

Stat pack -- With a collection of various injuries hampering a few offensive contributors throughout most of the young season, it's actually quite a surprise that the Islanders are currently second in the Eastern Conference with an average of 3.25 goals a game.

Puck drop -- The Islanders need to attempt to keep the line of Kostitsyn, Plekanec and Cammalleri in check as it's obvious they are continuing to gain confidence with each passing game played together.

"I'm a big, big believer that the longer you stay together and the more chemistry you can build the more dynamic you can be offensively," Cammalleri said after Monday's game.
 

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CANADIENS HOPE TO STAY HOT AGAINST UPSTART ISLANDERS ON TSN

(Sports Network) - The surging Montreal Canadiens will aim for a third straight victory tonight when they host the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre.

The Canadiens lost two of three to begin the season, but have since rattled off wins in four out of five games. The Habs posted a 3-0 decision in Ottawa on Saturday and then notched an overtime win against visiting Phoenix on Monday.

Carey Price was in net for both victories and Montreal's No. 1 netminder is off to an excellent start to the season. The 23-year-old is 5-2-1 with a .918 save percentage and 2.23 goals-against average. Price has been playing so well that backup netminder Alex Auld has yet to see any action this season.

Price made 27 saves in Saturday's win over Phoenix and Andrei Kostitsyn provided the overtime heroics, scoring 1:25 into the extra session to give the Habs a 3-2 victory. After some good offensive pressure, Lars Eller's shot was turned aside by Ilya Bryzgalov, but Kostitsyn put home the rebound from in close on the left side to give Montreal the win.

Mike Cammalleri added a goal and an assist, while Tomas Plekanec also tallied for the Canadiens, who have won seven straight over Phoenix and improved to 9-0 with three ties since their last loss in this series on December 9, 1998 on the road.

"He's playing great so far," Plekanec said about Kostitsyn, who added an assist in regulation "You can see the difference in our line. He makes things happen. We are expecting a lot of good things from him and that's what we need."

The Canadiens could be receiving more good news in the near future as top defenseman Andrei Markov is nearing his return from offseason knee surgery. Markov, who hasn't played since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Pittsburgh last spring, could make his season debut this weekend.

The Islanders will try to get back in the win column tonight after having a three-game win streak halted Saturday in Florida. Radek Dvorak netted the go- ahead goal with 6:32 left in the third period, and the Panthers held on for a 4-3 win at BankAtlantic Center.

John Tavares, the first overall pick in the 2009 draft, notched his first career hat trick for the Islanders. However, Florida got the victory thanks to Dvorak's score and goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who made 30 saves. Rick DiPietro turned aside 26 shots for the Islanders.

"It's one thing to say you believe you're a good team, but it's another to believe that you're a really good team," said DiPietro. "We didn't come out tonight with our best game."

Forward Josh Bailey, who had three goals and six points before suffering a hip flexor last week against Toronto, returns to the lineup after missing two games. Forwards Michael Grabner (groin) and Trent Hunter (foot) are questionable for tonight after getting injured in the loss to Florida.

The Canadiens won three of four against the Islanders last year and the Habs have taken 10 of 13 overall in the series. New York has dropped two straight and five out of seven in Montreal.

 
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