New York Islanders (28-21-10) at Montreal Canadiens (32-20-8)
|Date & Time||Thursday February 23, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Montreal Canadiens -148 / New York Islanders +134 --- Over/Under: 5
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The New York Islanders look to continue their recent success against the league’s elite as they face off with the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Thursday night.
The Islanders look to improve on their dismal road record as they face off against a Canadiens side that has dropped seven of their last nine games and are certainly out to make amends for that in what should be an exciting affair between two playoff hopefuls. The Isles got off to a terrible start this season but they have since made up some ground in the Metro division and they have won five of their last six games against teams with a winning record and have won their last four Thursday contests. Thomas Greiss is expected to get the start in the Islanders crease as he will look to outduel Carey Price, who clearly gives the goaltending edge to Montreal but he hasn’t been his typical self of late and could be in for another long evening if the Islanders attack continues to roll.
The Habs meanwhile have slipped down the Atlantic division standings and haven’t looked great over the last couple of weeks as they are 3-7 in their last 10 games against the Metro division and 2-5 in their last seven overall against the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens had been the cream of the Atlantic division and were in cruise control heading into the all-star break but they haven’t looked like the same team since and ultimately, in accordance with a few other circumstances, it cost Michel Therrien his post as the team’s head coach. Montreal has been inconsistent of late as they have lost five in a row after allowing two or fewer in their previous outing and things don’t bode well for them here against an Isles side that is playing pretty well.
The Islanders are 7-1 in their last eight when playing game four of a 4-6 set and 8-19 in their last 27 road games while the Canadiens are 10-4 in their last 14 Thursday games and 1-5 in their last six when playing on one day’s rest. The Canadiens are in trouble here and their offense can’t get going and I think their misery continues here at home against New York.