Islanders Hope to Get Over .500 With Win Over Habs

It snowed overnight on Long Island, which of course means that the Canadiens are coming to town!

The Canadiens, entering the game tonight, are 21-24-9. That's leaving them with 51 points, just ONE point behind the New York Islanders. The Canadiens season has not been one that the fans have enjoyed so far. With the team not doing too well, the front office staff's jobs in jeopardy, and the controversial choice for an interim head coach, the Habs are out of sorts.

But, tonight is an important night for both of these teams. As a matter of fact every game for the rest of the season is important for both of these teams with both 10 points or less out of a playoff spot.

Now let me ask you a question that I believe I have asked before in one of my previous posts, when was the last time you were confident in Islanders goaltending? The Dwayne Roloson days? The Chris Osgood days? Or even the Tommy Salo days? Let me know in the comments!

Speaking of goaltending, the goaltender in which it seems every Islanders fan has a boatload of confidence in is Evgeni Nabokov, and he is in net tonight for the Isles. After posting a shutout in his last game against the Flyers, Nabokov is on a roll and doesn't look to be cooling down any time soon.

The word is, as of now, that Milan Jurcina returns to the lineup tonight for the Isles. Which brings the Isles to seven defensemen...we all know right now that this cannot hurt. With the recent injuries of Hamonic (broken nose) and Reese (MCL sprain), it won't hurt to have extra defensive force.

Speaking of defenseman, Aaron Ness will play his second NHL game tonight for the Isles. Playing 14+ minutes on Tuesday night, Ness will hopefully be more confident in this matchup. One thing Ness commented on when asked about the difference between the AHL and the NHL was how much faster the game was in the NHL, and that it would take some getting used to.

The Islanders powerplay is sixth in the league, and it really seems to be their strong point this season. It will be interesting to see how the Isles play against Montreal's number one penalty kill.

John Tavares has been quiet lately, eh? Well, let's not worry. He's done plenty in the past month and a half and who doesn't like to see other players put points on the board? I know I do.

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George Prax's picture

I mentioned this in my own pre-game, but it's really interesting how the Habs and Isles have crossed paths this late in the season, but got there completely different ways. Should be an interesting game even though neither team is exactly the best in the league.