Monday, November 24, 2008

Islanders & Montreal

The Islanders will finish their 3 game road trip against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at the Bell Centre.

Saturday night, the Islanders evened the season series against the Buffalo Sabres with a 4-2 win at Buffalo. Four different Islanders scored goals, and Joey Mac made 35 saves to improve his record to 8-7-2.

The Islanders got goals from Andy Hilbert, Jon Sim, Bill Guerin and Mark Streit .

The win against the Sabres gained the Isles to 1-1 on the road trip. However on Friday night, the Islanders went through two losses. After they literally bowed to New Jersey, a 5-2 decision in a non-decisive game, and lost Frans Nielsen for 8-12 weeks after a cheap hit by the Devils' Mike Mottau. Nielsen suffered multiple leg injuries and Mottau was suspended two games for the hit.

Next up.....Montreal. A team that has already won this season at the Nassau Coliseum, but Canadiens had to come back from a 4-1 beating in the third period earlier in November, and defeated the Islanders, 5-4.

Since that win however, the Canadiens have gone 3-4-2, and the Boston Bruins have been on fire, dropping them out of first place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins literally took it to the Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday to expand their division lead.

The Canadiens are having trouble scoring right now. If the Islanders play their system for 60 minutes, they took take this win tonight. The Younger players need to contribute something in order for them to stay in it against Montreal.

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