Montreal Canadiens (29-13-7) at New York Islanders (20-17-9)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 26, 2017, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: New York Islanders +109 / Montreal Canadiens -120 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Montreal Canadiens look to continue their road success as they head into Brooklyn to do battle with the New York Islanders.
The Canadiens look for more success on Thursday nights as they can win their 10th in their last 12 tries as they head into the Barclay’s Center to face off against the Islanders in each team’s last game before the all-star break. Montreal got off to a red hot start and while they have cooled off a bit since they are certainly the best team in the Atlantic division right now and should feel comfortable heading into the unofficial second half of the season with their standing in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has had a slew of injuries they have had to deal with this season but luckily for them they have had Carey Price for the bulk of the year and should he stay healthy he will certainly be in the mix for some off season hardware.
The Islanders meanwhile are playing some of their best hockey of the season as they have won four of their last five games overall and four of their last five against the Atlantic division and they can extend that number with a big effort at home in this one. New York has the personnel to be a playoff team but they may fall victim to their slow start as they have to deal with the cream of the crop in the Eastern Conference as the Capitals, Blue Jackets, Penguins, and Rangers are all in the Metro and the Carolina Hurricanes are in the fold as well so it may be too many mouths to feed for the Isles this season. Thomas Greiss is expected to get the call in goal as he will match up against Price in what should be an exciting contest.
The Habs are 0-4 in their last four games following a win and 5-1 in their last six against a team with a winning home record while the Isles are 10-22 in their last 32 against the Eastern Conference and 5-0 in their last five games playing on one day’s rest. Montreal is getting a nice price here and while the Islanders have been good at home, that is when the Canadiens step up most.