Friday, February 1, 2008

Habs Open Matinee Weekend vs. Islanders

The Canadiens are looking to continue their recently impressive home play as they get set to welcome the New York Islanders to the Bell Centre Saturday afternoon. The game goes at 2 p.m., and is the 1st of a back-to-back set which sees Montreal hosting the Rangers Sunday in another matinee matchup.

Montreal (27-15-9) has gone 4-1-1 on home ice since the calendar switched over to 2008. The Habs will look to bolster their modest home ice record in an attempt to get it to resemble their sparkling road record, which ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference. Their match against the Isles is the first of a 4-game homestand.

Their last two home games have been phenominal, and have arguably been the top 1 and 2 performances that they have put on on home ice this season. They trounced the Bruins by a season-high final score of 8-2 back on January 22nd, and then (after defeating New Jersey in come-from-behind fashion at he Prudential Center) they defeated Washington in superb fashion, shutting them out 4-0 in a game that can arguably considered as Kovalev's best in a Habs uniform.

The Canadiens lead the season series with the Isles 2-0, having won both games on Long Island and limiting the Isles to just 1 goal a game in 3-1 and 4-1 road victories. Crisotbal Huet was between the pipes for both of those contests, and all indications suggest he will man the crease tomorrow afternoon.

The Islanders are looking to end a 3 game losing streak tomorrow. Their most recent loss came last night as the Kings came into town and stole 2 points away from the Islanders, who were without Rick DiPietro due to flu-like symptoms. DiPietro is 0-3-1 in his last 4 games.

Bill Guerin and Mike Comrie, the offensive leaders on the team, have gone ice cold lately. Guerin (the Isles' leading goalscorer) is pointless in 5, whereas Comrie (leader in points) has but one helper in his last 6 outings. When they aren't scoring, it seems no one else is, as is proof in their recent games.

The game will air live on CBC and RDS, and, another reminder: puck drop is set for 2:08 p.m.

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