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Canadiens vs Islanders: Game Thread, Lines, & TV Schedule

Can the Habs handle the Islanders high-flying offense?

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Since March 2nd, the Habs have been one of the worst teams in the NHL. A record of 1-3-2 and outscored 17-8, the Montreal Canadiens came out of the trade deadline by embracing an identity of a gritty and hard-working team and have since put on some of their worst performances of the year. The time to practice patience, with the arrival of four new lineup players, is running out with only 14 games remaining in the Canadiens' season.

The New York Islanders are one of seven teams competing for top spot in the NHL with the Habs. John Tavares' influence on Islanders' team identity is shown in the form of the Isles having the 5th best CF% in the league, right behind the Tampa Bay Lightning with 53 CF% (while the Habs still sit on the wrong side of CF% in 23rd with 48.6). Tavares is currently 1st in the league in scoring with 72 points, and 4th with 33 goals. The Islanders have scored the 3rd most goals in the league, 213, which is exactly 40 more than the Habs have scored. On the other hand, the Habs have allowed the least amount of goals in the league, 149, which is 44 less than the Islanders have allowed this season, making it clear which player on their roster drives the team identity.

Despite some pretty shoddy play in front of him lately, Carey Price is still hovering around the legendary numbers put up by Dominik Hasek in the 1998-99 when the Dominator stood on his head for a 1.87 GAA and .937 sv% in 64 games. Carey Price has been holding down a 1.93 GAA and .935 sv% and already has 37 wins for his team, and with numbers such as those, it's fair to say he is winning games for his team.

Greg Pateryn is in on the right defensive side, replacing Sergei Gonchar. Other lineup changes will updated if necessary closer to the game.

The puck drops at 7:00PM EST.

In Canada (English): CITY
In Canada (French): TVA
In the Islanders' Region: NBCS
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec P.A. Parenteau
Lars Eller Jacob de la Rose Devante Smith-Pelly
Brandon Prust Torrey Mitchell Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Tom Gilbert Jeff Petry
Nathan Bealieu Greg Pateryn
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Manny Malholtra, Brian Flynn, Sergei Gonchar
Alexei Emelin (upper-body)

New York Islanders Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Josh Bailey John Taveres Kyle Okposo
Anders Lee Brock Nelson Tyler Kennedy
Michael Grabner Frans Nielsen Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defense
Right Defense
Johnny Boychuk Calvin de Haan
Matt Donovan Thomas Hickey
Travis Hamonic Brian Strait
Michal Neuvirth
Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Ryan Strome, Lubomir Visnovsky, Eric Boulton, Colin McDonald
Nick Leddy (upper body), Mikhail Grabovski (concussion)

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