Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Snapshot Preview: Habs vs Islanders - December 13th 2011

Montreal Canadiens (12-11-7) vs New York Islanders (9-12-6)
Puck drop is at 7:30pm EST

The last time these two teams met, Rick DiPietro came on in relief of an injured Evgeni Nabokov and the Islanders edged out Montreal 4-3.

The Islanders would score all 4 of their goals in the 2nd period from 4 different scorers and Dipitro made 24 saves.

Al Montoya looks to begetting his first career start vs Montreal, while Carey Price looks to improve upon his 2-1-2 3.15 GAA, .886 sv% vs them.

Newest Hab Thomas Kaberle picked up 2 assists in the victory over Carolina, and had the Power Play looking like a power play. He has done fairly well vs The Islanders in his career raking up 5 goals and 25 assists against them in 44 games.

The Islanders lost 6-3 to Pittsburgh in their last game - a game which they led 3-2 until Travis Harmonic was ejected for a hit on Brooks Orpik - that both teams didn't think was a penalty. The Isles will be trying for their 4th straight victory over the Habs tonight.

The Canadiens will play the next 3 at home before heading off on their annual Christmas sojourn of 6 games over 12 days.

Chris Campoli has been given the green light from Doctor's to play, but yesterday he was practicing as a 7th defenseman so it will be interesting to see if he finally gets into the lineup tonight.

Scott Gomez practiced for Montreal yesterday, but was physically unable to complete practice, so he doesn't seem close to playing. Brian Gionta is out for at least a week with an undisclosed injury.

Jay Pandolfo broke his foot on Nov.28, while Andrew McDonald broke his leg on Dec.2 - neither will play tonight. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov came off the IR for The Islanders, but will not dress tonight.

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