Mar 5, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) carries the puck as Montreal Canadiens defenseman Tomas Kaberle (22) defends during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Canadiens visit Tavares and the Islanders

Just two days after a tough loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the Habs head to Long Island for a date with the Islanders.

Montreal still sits 2nd in the east, three points behind Pittsburgh. The Islanders are currently 10th in the east and three points behind the Rangers for the final playoff spot.

Let’s take a look at the two clubs stats for tonight’s contest:

Head-to-Head Stats

Montreal NY Islanders
Record 19-5-5 13-13-3
Home Record 9-3-3 5-9-2
Road Record 10-2-2 8-4-1
Goals For/Game 3.10(5th) 2.90(10th)
Goals Against/Game 2.45(7th) 3.31(29th)
Shots For/Game 30.7(7th) 30.0(11th)
Shots Against/Game 26.8(5th) 29.5(19th)
Overall PP 20.0(10th) 23.4(5th)
Home PP 18.8(18th) 19.4(16th)
Road PP 21.3(6th) 31.4(1st)
Overall PK 79.6(21st) 81.0(15th)
Home PK 78.1(25th) 76.6(27th)
Road PK 81.8(13th) 85.4(5th)
PIM/Game 13.8(25th) 10.5(4th)
Streak OT 1 Lost 1

Leading Scorers
Montreal
Player GP Goals Assists Points
Max Pacioretty 25 9 14 23
Michael Ryder 28 8 15 23
Tomas Plekanec 29 12 8 20
NY Islanders
Player GP Goals Assists Points
John Tavares 29 17 14 31
Matt Moulson 29 11 19 30
Brad Boyes 29 8 17 25
Goaltenders
Montreal
Goaltender Record GAA SV%
Carey Price 15-4-4 2.35 .911
Peter Budaj 4-1-1 2.47 .903
NY Islanders
Goaltender Record GAA SV%
Evgeni Nabokov 13-9-3 2.93 .900
Kevin Poulin 0-1-0 3.04 .895

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