The Islanders (20-17-9) look to keep the momentum going as they take on the Canadiens (29-13-7) on Thursday.
According to STATS:
- Montreal has dominated its series with the Islanders over the past decade, going 24-4-6 since March 2007. And the Canadiens have won each of the last seven meetings while outscoring New York by a combined margin of 28-14.
- The Canadiens went 2-for-3 with the man advantage while beating Calgary on Tuesday, 4-2. Since December 4, Montreal's power-play percentage is 35.6 in its wins but only 9.7 in its losses. The 25.9-point disparity is the second largest in the league (Calgary, 26.5 points).
- Tuesday's 4-2 home victory over Columbus improved the Islanders to 4-0-1 over their last five games. New York also is 9-3-3 since December 20, which translates to the third-highest point percentage (.700) in the Eastern Conference over that span.
- Alexander Radulov's two-goal outburst on Tuesday represented his first multi-goal game in the NHL in nearly nine years (March 20, 2008). Radulov leads the Canadiens with 11 points in January.
- Alexei Emelin has taken 126 hits this season, which are the most incurred by any defenseman in the NHL. But he's given as well as he's taken, delivering 153 hits himself, the third most by any blueliner.
- Since New Year's Eve, John Tavares has produced six multi-point games, but no points in the other five games he's played. Prior to December 31, Tavares had mustered only two multi-point efforts in his first 35 games of the season.
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