11/10/13: NYI 2 at MTL 4
A pair of power-play goals late in the second period cost the New York Islanders Sunday night, as they fell 4-2 to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre. Lars Eller and Michael Bournival scored 2:50 apart in the final four minutes of the second period, putting the Canadiens up 3-1. Bournival’s deflection at 19:04 held up as the eventual winner.
The Islanders return from a four-game road trip and open a three-game homestand tonight against the Nashville Predators. It’s the second and final meeting this season between the clubs; the Predators held the Isles to 16 shots on October 12 and rallied from a 2-1 deficit for a 3-2 victory.
ALL TIME ISLANDERS VS. PREDATORS:
All-Time Record: 5-10-1
Last Regulation Win: 4/11/02 – NYI 5 at NSH 2
Last Regulation Loss: 10/12/13 – NYI 2 at NSH 3 Overtime Record (W-L-T): 1-0-0
Last Overtime Decision: 10/15/02 – NYI 4 vs. NSH 3 Shootout Record: 1-1
Last Shootout: 2/9/10 – NYI 4 vs. NSH 3
2013-14 SEASON SERIES VS. PREDATORS (0-1-0) 10/12 – NYI 2 at NSH 3
11/12 – NYI vs. NS
NHL Scoring Race: John Tavares is tied for sixth in the NHL scoring race with 20 points (7g/13a). Kyle Okposo (5g/14a) and Frans Nielsen (9g/10a) are each one point behind Tavares’ team-leading point total and are tied for 11th in the league.
Crucial Kills: The Islanders are 1-7-2 when they allow at least one power play goal and 5-2-1 when they do not.
Need For 3: The Isles are 6-1-2 when they score at least three goals and are 0-8-1 when they do not.
Career Wins: Evgeni Nabokov’s 340 career victories rank 18th on the NHL all time wins list. Nabokov ranks 19th all time in shutouts with 55, two behind Clint Benedict.
The Islanders and Predators game is set to air on the MSG Plus network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.