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Canadiens Have Had Islanders' Number Over the Years

Andrew Shaw #65 of the Montreal Canadiens takes a shot during the warm-up prior to the NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre on March 12, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1.

The Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens are locked in a tight race for the wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference, and the Canadiens will be looking to give themselves some breathing room with a road win over the New York Islanders tonight. Sportsbooks opened the Habs as +120 road underdogs with a total of 5.5.

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Standout Stats

  • The Canadiens are doing a good job of keeping the puck out of their net, as Montreal has allowed three goals or less in seven of its past 11 games. Fresh off surpassing Jacques Plante for No. 1 in wins for a goaltender in franchise history, Carey Price is listed as the probable starting goaltender in this one. On the season, Price is 29-20-5 with a 2.59 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
  • Montreal has dominated New York in the Empire State over the years, evidenced by the Canadiens going 8-1 SU in their past nine road contests against the Islanders. It’s noteworthy that the majority of those wins came at Barclays Center, and tonight’s game is at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, however. Overall, the Islanders are 4-11-2 SU in their last 17 games against the Canadiens.
  • When the Habs and Islanders get together, high-scoring affairs tend to follow. In the past four meetings between the Eastern Conference squads, the OVER is 3-1 with an average combined score of 7.3 goals.
  • With Robin Lehner out of action since suffering an injury on March 5, Thomas Greiss has filled in admirably in his absence. Greiss has recorded three wins in that span, including a 2-0 shutout over Columbus on Monday. On the year, Greiss is 20-11-2 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
  • Special teams could have a big factor in this contest for multiple reasons. The Isles’ power play has been awful lately, going 0-for-20 over their past nine games, and is hitting at 15.2 percent on the season. The Canadiens’ penalty kill is ranked 16th in the league at 80.4 percent.
  • Montreal simply hasn’t been able to beat good teams lately, and it’s been costing them in the hunt for a playoff berth. In the Canadiens’ past seven games against teams with winning records, they’re 1-6 SU.

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Montreal’s past dominance over the Islanders is especially noteworthy, and I expect that trend to continue tonight. Price has the ability to steal a game any time he sets foot in the crease and the British Columbia native has been on cruise control lately. The +120 number is great value for the Habs, so take Montreal as a road underdog in this one.