All but four teams are in action tonight in the final day of play before the All-Star break as the Islanders take on the Montreal Canadiens (Barclays Center, 7:00 pm ET).
It’s been awhile since the Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens. It’s been seven consecutive losses for the Islanders against Montreal including one this season. The last time the Islanders beat them? You’ll have to go back to April 10th, 2014 where former Islanders’ goaltender Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves on 19 shots and had one assist to shutout Montreal 2-0 in his final game as an Islander. Let’s put that into perspective. Since Nabokov’s final game as an Islander he was able to hit free agency, sign with the Lightning, get traded to the Sharks, retire as a Shark, and now work for the Sharks’ AHL affiliate (the San Jose Barracuda) as their goalie development coach. All of that without the Islanders defeating the Canadiens over that span.
On to Hollywood:
Following tonight’s game the Islanders will be off until Tuesday because of the NHL’s All-Star weekend which will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Selected as the Islanders’ lone representative for the game is their captain, John Tavares. Tavares will play for the Metropolitan Division in his fourth straight All-Star game.
Brooklyn Pride Night:
As we will continue to mention, with the switch over to Adidas, it has been reported that no team will have third jerseys next season. The Islanders are scheduled to wear their Brooklyn Pride jerseys tonight and as we mentioned the last game they wore them against the Stars, this could be one of the final times.
With the Islanders, it is rare that lineup news is announced the day before a game. All of that is usually announced following the morning skate on the day of. Following yesterday’s practice, we got a lot of lineup news for tonight. Here is what we know thanks to tweets from Newsday’s Arthur Staple and the Islanders’ official twitter account…
- Weight says Greiss will start in goal tomorrow
- Looks like Hickey is dealing with a lower-body injury and is questionable for tomorrow’s game
- Weight expects Beauvillier to be ready to play tomorrow
- Lee is still dealing with illness and his status for tomorrow’s game is unknown