Pre-game Report: NYI vs MTL
The Montreal Canadiens are in New York to face the Islanders tonight. Here’s the pre-game report.
HEAD TO HEAD
Montreal has came out on top in the last three matchups between the two teams. The Canadiens took the extra point in a road shootout win in their last meeting in early November and were the victors in the final two meetings last season as well.
The two teams will meet in exactly one week for their third and final game of the season in Montreal.
The Islanders have been great at home so far this season, with a 21-11-4 record to show for.
The Canadiens are just above .500 on the road this year, with 17-15-3 record.
Both teams have been mediocre in the last couple weeks. The Islanders are 5-4-1 in their last ten games, while the Canadiens are 5-5-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Below we look at notable players that have recently performed well or underperformed.
MTL: Paul Byron has 12 points in his last 15 games.
MTL: Max Domi has 15 points in his last 16 games.
MTL: Brendan Gallagher has 16 points in his last 17 games.
MTL: Andrew Shaw has 12 points in his last 15 games.
MTL: Tomas Tatar has 11 points in his last 14 games.
NYI: Ryan Pulock has 14 points and is a plus-16 in his last 19 games.
MTL: Jonathan Drouin is pointless in his last six games and has points in just one of his last 14 games.
MTL: Jeff Petry has one point in his last eight games.
NYI: Mathew Barzal has five points in his last 11 games.
NYI: Anthony Beauvillier has four points in his last 21 games.
NYI: Jordan Eberle has seven points in his last 23 games.
NYI: Anders Lee has seven points in his last 23 games.
MTL: Carey Price has a career 11-5-4 record vs NYI but just a .908 save percentage.
NYI: Thomas Greiss has a 3-3-1 career record vs MTL and a .928 save percentage.
PERFORMANCE VS OPPONENT
Below, we look at how each player has historically performed vs the opponent.
*Note: I realize PPG isn’t an accurate measure for defenders, but without getting into point shares/deeper defensive stats, analysis for defense will be based on their offensive history.*
NYI INDIVIDUAL vs MTL
Thomas Greiss= .928 SV%, Career= .915 SV%
Thomas Hickey= 0.53 PPG (15 GP, 8 Points), Career= 0.26 PPG
Josh Bailey= 0.52 PPG (33 GP, 17 Points), Career= 0.54 PPG
Matt Barzal= 0.80 PPG (5 GP, 4 Points), Career= 0.92 PPG
Anthony Beauvillier= 0.43 PPG (7 GP, 3 Points) , Career= 0.40 PPG
Valtteri Filppula= 0.45 PPG (22 GP, 10 Points), Career= 0.52 PPG
Leo Komarov= 0.40 PPG (20 GP, 8 Points), Career= 0.36 PPG
Matt Martin= 0.23 PPG (26 GP, 6 Points), Career= 0.20 PPG
Brock Nelson= 0.56 PPG (16 GP, 9 Points), Career= 0.50 PPG
Adam Pelech= 0.33 PPG (6 GP, 2 Points), Career= 0.24 PPG
Devon Toews= N/A, Career= 0.37 PPG
Casey Cizikas= 0.19 PPG (16 GP, 3 Points), Career= 0.32 PPG
Cal Clutterbuck= 0.12 PPG (17 GP, 2 Points), Career= 0.29 PPG
Jordan Eberle= 0.50 PPG (14 GP, 7 Points), Career= 0.72 PPG
Andrew Ladd= 0.36 PPG (33 GP, 12 Points), Career= 0.57 PPG
Nick Leddy= 0.25 PPG (16 GP, 4 Points), Career= 0.44 PPG
Anders Lee= 0.36 PPG (14 GP, 5 Points), Career= 0.61 PPG
Scott Mayfield= 0.00 PPG (5 GP, 0 Points), Career= 0.27 PPG
Ryan Pulock= 0.00 PPG (4 GP, 0 Points), Career= 0.45 PPG
MTL INDIVIDUAL VS NYI
Jonathan Drouin= 1.00 PPG (7 GP, 7 Points), Career= 0.61 PPG
Brendan Gallagher= 0.76 PPG (17 GP, 13 Points), Career= 0.60 PPG
Tomas Tatar= 0.81 PPG (16 GP, 13 Points), Career= 0.56 PPG
Joel Armia= 0.50 PPG (6 GP, 3 Points), Career= 0.33 PPG
Paul Byron= 0.43 PPG (14 GP, 6 Points), Career= 0.42 PPG
Christian Folin= 0.17 PPG (6 GP, 1 Point), Career= 0.19 PPG
Jesperi Kotkaniemi= 1.00 PPG (1 GP, 1 point), Career= 0.47 PPG
Brett Kulak= 0.50 PPG (2 GP, 1 Point), Career= 0.15 PPG
Artturi Lehkonen= 0.29 PPG (7 GP, 2 Points), Career= 0.35 PPG
Victor Mete= 0.00 PPG (4 GP, 0 Points), Career= 0.17 PPG
Jeff Petry= 0.35 PPG (17 GP, 6 Points), Career= 0.35 PPG
Nate Thompson= 0.25 PPG (20 GP, 5 Points), Career= 0.20 PPG
Jordan Weal= 0.33 PPG (6 GP, 2 Points), Career= 0.29 PPG
Jordie Benn= 0.00 PPG (9 GP, 0 Points), Career= 0.23 PPG
Phillip Danault= 0.17 PPG (6 GP, 1 Point), Career= 0.47 PPG
Max Domi- 0.50 PPG (6 GP, 3 Points), Career= 0.67 PPG
Carey Price= .908 SV%, Career= .918 SV%
Andrew Shaw= 0.17 PPG (12 GP, 2 points), Career= 0.45 PPG
Shea Weber= 0.43 PPG (14 GP, 6 Points), Career= 0.58 PPG
Montreal has won the last three vs NYI. Advantage MTL.
The Islanders have been great at home this year, the Canadiens have been mediocre on the road. Advantage NYI.
Byron, Domi, Gallagher, Shaw and Tatar are all on hot streaks. Pulock is the only skater on a hot streak for New York. Advantage MTL.
Greiss has been better than Price this season and has historically been better vs MTL than Price has been vs NYI. Advantage NYI.
Drouin, Gallagher and Tatar, three of Montreal’s top four scorers have historically overperformed vs NYI. Only NYI overperforming skater vs MTL is Thomas Hickey. Advantage MTL.
Puck drop is at 7 pm.