New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens
Tip-off: Thursday, February 21, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
YouWager experts consider that the Montreal Canadiens have accomplished the longest winning streak of the season with solid defensive play and sharp goaltending.
Tonight the Montreal will try to go for their six straight victory for the first time in almost three years while trying to hand the visiting New York Islanders a third consecutive loss.
The Canadiens (11-4-1) have allowed 35 goals this season — fifth-fewest in the hockey league — and two in its last four games after yielding 14 in the previous three. Carey Price and Peter Budaj have combined for a 2.09 goals-against average on the year and each has a shutout while splitting starts over the last four NHL games.
Offense was a big deal Tuesday against the New York Rangers even though Montreal recorded a season-low 18 shots on goal. Max Pacioretty tied the game late in the second period and rookie Alex Galchenyuk added the go-ahead goal early in the third to help the Canadiens to their fifth straight win following an 0-2-1 stretch.
Even when Montreal is 0 for 12 on the power play in their last four games, the team has managed to kill off all 11 of their rivals’ chances during that time frame.
The Islanders have been outscored 10-1 in its last two contests after totaling nine goals while winning the previous two. New York puts 38 shots on net Tuesday, but only got Travis Hamonic’s tally in a 3-1 defeat versus the Ottawa Senators.
Even when the Islanders have lost seven of nine, it was much more competitive versus Ottawa than during Monday’s embarrassing 7-0 home defeat versus the Philadelphia Flyers.
New York’s star John Tavares has been held without a point in the last two games after recording seven goals and two assists in the previous five.
The 22 year-old had a five-game point streak versus Montreal snapped in the most recent meeting March 17, even though the Islanders won 3-2 in a shootout at the Bell Centre.