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Islanders vs. Canadiens 3/5/13

Here are some notes for those fans getting ready to watch the New York Islanders (9-11-2) who are hosting the Montreal Canadiens (14-4-4) in NHL action at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

New York will play the fifth game of a seven-game home stand tonight. This is the second of three meetings this season between the Isles and Canadiens; as New York won the first meeting in Montreal thanks to an overtime goal by Thomas Hickey.

The Islanders hold an 8-7-1 record in their last 16 games against Montreal, but only two of their victories have come in regulation.

Islanders Recap:

The Islanders rebounded big time to skate to a 3-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at Nassau Coliseum. John Tavares made the move of the game on his one-handed backhanded shot, while Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves in regulation and overtime.

Isles Notes:

Tavares ranks fourth in the NHL in goals with 13 and seventh in the league in points with 25. When combined with Matt Moulson the two Isles stars have 23 goals thus far this season.

Moulson, meanwhile, has been able to assist on 10 of Tavares’ 13 goals this season; while Tavares has an assists on seven of Moulson’s 10. Tavares has been on the ice for 39 consecutive Moulson goals, earning assists on 25 of them, dating back to a Moulson goal on November 26, 2011.

Shootout specialist:

Frans Nielsen is 25-for-40 (62.5%) in career shootout attempts, Frans holds the highest shootout percentage in the NHL history among players with at least 12 career attempts.

Meanwhile, in the cage Evgeni Nabokov is 2-0 in shootouts this season and has not allowed a goal in four attempts.

Islestones to watch for:

Kyle Okposo is one assist shy of 100

Josh Bailey is two goals shy of 50

Travis Hamonic is two assists shy of 50

John Tavares is three goals shy of 100

Andrew MacDonald is four assist shy of 50

The Islanders and Canadiens game is set to air on the MSG Plus 2 Network, with face-off slated for 7:00 p.m.

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