This is the 2nd of a home-and-home series, which saw the Montreal Canadiens take game one by a score of 5-3 on Friday night. The Habs come in at just 2-3 in their last five games.
Price Grabs Win Over the Islanders in First Game Back
Carey Price has been out for a few weeks as he was dealing with a lower body injury and while Mike Condon did an admirable job in his absence, it is big for the Habs to get their number one netminder back. In his first game back, Carey Price had a solid showing as he made 33 stops in the 5-3 win over the Islanders. Price is now 8-2 on the year with a solid 2.16 GAA. Should he get the start here, he is 10-6 with a 2.54 GAA in his career vs the Islanders. With him missing time they may not want to start him here as well. We shall see.
The offensive hero for Montreal was Jeff Petry, who scored two goals in the win. He now has three goals on the year. Brendan Gallagher also had his 9th goal of the year, while Tomas Fleischmann added his 6th and Nathan Beaulieu added his 2nd. Montreal checks in at 2nd in the league in scoring (3.5 gpg), 2nd in shots per game ad 5th in power play conversions, while at the defensive end of the ice they are 3rd in goals allowed (2.2 gpg), 11th in shots faced and 5th in penalty kill.
Brock Nelson Nets Two in Loss to Montreal
In Carey price’s return for the Habs, the New York Islanders lost by a 5-3 score in game one of this home-and-home series on Friday night. New York outshot the Canadiens in the game by a 36-28 count, but Price made just enough stops in the game to pick up the win. The offensive star for the Islanders on this night was Brock Nelson, who scored twice in the loss and now has eight goals on the year, which is tied for 2nd on an Islander’s team that ranks 7th in the league in scoring and 17th in power play conversions.
Absorbing the loss in the game was Thomas Greiss, even though he allowed just one goal in the game. Greiss came in at the start of the second period to replace Halak, who allowed three first period goals. The Islanders eventually tied the game, but then Montreal got a goal off of Greiss and an empty netter later on to secure the win. Greiss is now 5-4 with a 2.17 GAA on the year. Should he get the start here he is now 0-1 with a 1.56 GAA vs the Canadiens, while Halak is 4-2 with a 2.55 GAA vs them. The Islanders rank 8th in goals allowed (2.4 gpg) and 7th in penalty kill.
New York is:
1-7 in their last eight vs. the Eastern Conference
0-5 in their last five vs. the Atlantic Division
23-6 in their last 29 vs. the Metropolitan Division
17-5 in their last 22 after scoring five goals or more in their previous game
The Islanders are not playing good hockey right now and the Canadiens should start ripping off many wins in a row now that they have Carey Price back in the lineup. Montreal has owned this series of late and are at home where they have gone 8-3 on the year. New York just won’t have any answers in this one, just like they didn’t in game one.