Coming off a 2-1 overtime defeat to the Ottawa Senators on Friday, and after beating those same Senators 3-2 in a shootout on Wednesday evening, the Canadiens gear up to face the Islanders tonight in a battle for the cellar. The Islanders, with 67 points in 71 GP currently occupy the 15th place spot, while the Canadiens are at 14th with 68 points in 72 GP. Obviously, the only thing at stake here is a draft pick.
Last night, Tomas Plekanec was the only scorer for the Habs, who put away a nice shot on Ben Bishop with the Canadiens were shorthanded in the first period. Colin Greening would score the equalizer in the 3rd, and Filip Kuba would put the game away with a blistering shot in overtime. The win would give the Senators a temporary 1st place position at the top of the Northeast, but Boston’s shootout victory over the Flyers this afternoon allowed them to reclaim 1st (and 3rd in the Conference).
This season, the Canadiens are 2-1 against the Islanders, having won the last two meetings. Beyond this season, they have won 4 out of 5 meetings, with the Islanders losing 7 of their last 10 games in Montreal. They have scored 12 goals in the season series so far, and allowed 9. In their last 10, the Islanders are 2-5-3, and coming off a loss, while the Canadiens are 4-4-2 coming off a shootout loss. In particular, the Canadiens have picked up points in each of its last 5 games, going 3-0-2.
So what will it be Canadiens fans? Cheering for an Islanders win for the race to Grigorenko? Or hoping for a win for pride?
Puck drops at 7:30.