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Feb 14, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; The New York Islanders celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Feb 14, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; The New York Islanders celebrate after defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The most important piece of business for the Islanders was taken care of Saturday night when they punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Now they look ahead to which seed they might get and who they might face when the first round starts next week.

But even though there are just three games remaining in the NHL regular season entering their Monday night matchup against John Tavares and the Maple Leafs, the Isles can finish anywhere from first in the Metropolitan Division to the last wild-card spot.

Let's take a look at all the playoff scenarios as the Islanders, who currently occupy the No. 2 spot in the Metro, prepare for the final week of the season:

Metropolitan Division champions

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals
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Mar 21, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner (40) replaces teammate Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Mar 21, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner (40) replaces teammate Thomas Greiss (1) during the second period of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

Over the last two games, the Islanders haven't played like a team that's worthy of winning a division crown. They were shut out for the second consecutive game Thursday, losing in Montreal 4-0, and remain three points behind Washington as both teams now have eight games remaining. 

Thomas Greiss was pulled at 8:19 of the second period after allowing four goals on 22 shots. Robin Lehner stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief while Carey Price stopped all 28 of the Islanders' shots. According to the New York Post, the Islanders were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 19-21, 2011.

The Isles' power-play struggles continued as they went 0-for-3 on the man-advantage. >> Box score

Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Robin Lehner, Thomas Greiss
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Mar 3, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz yells during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Mar 3, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders Head Coach Barry Trotz yells during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

Coming off arguably their worst loss of the season, the New York Islanders will face another tough challenge when they visit the playoff-hungry Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

The Islanders (42-24-7, 91 points) were shut out on home ice on Tuesday, suffering a 5-0 loss to the Bruins. New York managed only a season-low 13 shots in the game.

The defeat dropped New York two points behind the Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division, and also narrowed the gap between the Islanders and the Penguins (89 points), Hurricanes (87) and Blue Jackets (84).

Tags: Josh Bailey, Montreal Canadiens, Valtteri Filppula
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Mar 14, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) skates away as the New York Islanders celebrate a goal during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Mar 14, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) skates away as the New York Islanders celebrate a goal during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Anders Lee scored with 2:57 left to give the Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens Thursday night. Mathew Barzal set up the winner by stealing the puck in the Isles' zone and feeding Lee on a two-on-one. Thomas Greiss made 33 saves as the Isles earned their fourth win in the last five games. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A
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Mar 7, 2019; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Mar 7, 2019; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens both improved their precarious positions in the Eastern Conference playoff race with wins in their most recent games.

But the work has just begun for the two teams, who will face off in another pivotal game Thursday night, when New York hosts Montreal at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders (40-22-7, 87 points) have been off since Monday, when they beat the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0. The Canadiens (37-26-7, 81) last played Tuesday, when they hosted and edged the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1.

Tags: Anders Lee, Montreal Canadiens, Robin Lehner, Thomas Greiss
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Mar 5, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) is pushed over New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner (40) by New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 5, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) is pushed over New York Islanders goalie Robin Lehner (40) by New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner returned to practice Wednesday, eight days after being bowled over by Ottawa's Brady Tkachuk. Lehner, who missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, is a "possibility" to return to goal against the Canadiens Thursday night at the Coliseum, Barry Trotz told reporters.

Trotz had to speak with Lehner and the training staff before making a decision. If Lehner doesn't return Thursday, he could return during the Islanders' weekend back-to-back at Detroit and Minnesota.

Tags: Christopher Gibson, Johnny Boychuk, Montreal Canadiens, Robin Lehner, Thomas Greiss
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Mar 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Nate Thompson (21) controls the puck against New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens center Nate Thompson (21) controls the puck against New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers led after the first period but were undone by Joel Armia, who scored a hat trick for Montreal in the Blueshirts' 4-2 home loss Friday night. Defenseman Libor Hajek played 17:35 in his NHL debut. He had two shots and took a holding-the-stick penalty in the second period.

Brendan Lemieux, who was acquired on Monday when the Rangers traded Kevin Hayes to Winnipeg, scored his first goal as a Ranger with 2:32 left. >> Box score

 


First period:

  • 4:41 NYR Vladislav Namestnikov; Assists: Brady Skjei, Kevin Shattenkirk
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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers have earned at least a point in three straight games following back-to-back overtime defeats. They fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 to league-leading Tampa Bay on Wednesday, but rallied to force overtime with three second-period goals before falling in the extra session.

"If that's what we're going to do against the elite teams in the league, I like the direction we're going," Rangers coach David Quinn said.

Jimmy Vesey recorded a goal with an assist in the loss. He has one goal with two assists vs. Montreal this season.

Alexandar Georgiev made 26 saves against the Lightning, but Henrik Lundqvist could return to the net on Friday. Lundqvist went 1-4-2 with a 3.16 goals-against average in February, but he made 31 saves in the November home win over the Canadiens. >> Read more

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New Jersey Devils right wing Nathan Bastian celebrates his first NHL goal during the first period of their game against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Nathan Bastian celebrates his first NHL goal during the first period of their game against the Montreal Canadiens at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Nathan Bastian scored his first-career goal as the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 12:35 NJD Nathan Bastian; Assists: Connor Carrick, Egor Yakovlev
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Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Oct 23, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) after scoring a goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Rangers overcame a 3-1 deficit in the second period by scoring four unanswered goals -- including three in the third frame -- for a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Montreal Canadiens. >> Box score

First period:

  • 0:23 MTL Tomas Tatar; Assists: Jordie Benn, Jeff Petry
  • 15:50 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Kevin Hayes

 

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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss makes a save against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Barclays Center. (Dennis Schneidler/USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders blew a two-goal first-period lead and lost to the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in a shootout on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:04 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Adam Pelech, Ross Johnston
  • 5:59 MON Jonathan Drouin; Assists: Max Domi, Noah Juulsen
  • 7:44 NYI Valtteri Filppula; Assist: Leo Komarov
  • 14:58 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assist: Cal Clutterbuck
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New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood interferes with New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Miles Wood interferes with New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders have established themselves as one of the surprise stories of the NHL by dominating within their division. Now the Islanders will look to see if they can carry that over to non-Metropolitan Division foes.

The Islanders will look to extend the Eastern Conference's longest winning streak on Monday night, when they host the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center.

 

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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall plays the puck against Montreal Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen during the first period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall plays the puck against Montreal Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen during the first period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports)

Taylor Hall scored the game-winning shorthanded goal with 4:07 remaining in the third period as the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 on Sunday at Bell Centre. >> Box score


First period:

  • 19:51 MON Daniel Carr (power play); Assists: Artturi Lehkonen, Mike Reilly

Second period :

  • N/A

Third Period

  • 0:26 NJ Nico Hischier; Assists: Sami Vatanen, Kyle Palmieri
  • 15:53 NJ Taylor Hall (short handed); Assist: Travis Zajac
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New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Montreal Canadiens during the second period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern/USA TODAY Sports)

John Tavares scored two goals, including the game-winner 1:51 into overtime after New York blew a 4-2 lead, as the Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Monday at Bell Centre. >> Box score

Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, John Tavares, Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Montreal Canadiens, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers stick checks New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal in the first period action at Bell MTS Place. (James Carey Lauder/USA TODAY Sports)
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers stick checks New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal in the first period action at Bell MTS Place. (James Carey Lauder/USA TODAY Sports)

The battered New York Islanders will need rookie Mathew Barzal to stay hot as they try for three wins in a row when they play the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night at Bell Centre.

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New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored while Henrik Lundqvist recorded a shutout as the New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 17:25 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Michael Grabner, J.T. Miller

Second period:

Tags: Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Michael Grabner, Mika Zibanejad, Montreal Canadiens, Pavel Buchnevich
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 (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
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New York City FC is locked in for the MLS playoffs. The Montreal Impact are still holding out hope that they can sneak in.

To do so, it's three points or bust for the Impact when they host NYCFC on Wednesday night at Saputo Stadium.

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Alain Vigneault, Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan McDonagh talk after the Rangers' 3-1 loss in Game 3 to the Canadiens.

The New York Rangers lost to the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first round to fall behind in the series 2-1 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 17:37 MON Artturi Lehkonen (power play); Assists: Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Plekanec

Third period:

  • 7:42 MON Shea Weber (power play); Assists: Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Radulov
  • 15:35 MON Radulov; Assist: Phillip Danault
  • 17:04 NYR Brady Skjei; Assists: Kevin Klein, Mika Zibanejad
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Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Tanner Glass reacts with teammates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Apr 12, 2017; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Tanner Glass reacts with teammates after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period of game one of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

The Rangers took their first-round series opener against the Canadiens on Wednesday night, 2-0. 


First Period

  • 9:50 NYR Tanner Glass (unassisted) 

Second Period

  • N/A

Third Period 

  • 19:50 NYR Michael Grabner (empty net); Assist: Jesper Fast 
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New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils blew a two-goal lead in the third period and lost to the Montreal Canadiens in overtime, 4-3, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 19:41 NJ Kyle Palmieri; Assist: Travis Zajac

Second period:

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New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri skates with the puck while being defended by Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri skates with the puck while being defended by Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki during the second period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

The New Jersey Devils host the Montreal Canadiens on Monday at Prudential Center at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • Montreal beat Toronto, 3-2, in overtime at Air Canada Centre on Saturday night, winning its second straight road tilt for the first time since January 7 (at Toronto) and 11 (at Winnipeg). The Habs are 26-1-4 when netting at least three goals in 2016-17.
  • The Devils dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Rangers at Prudential Center on Saturday night, and have now lost three straight, and four of their last five games overall. Dating to December 8, New Jersey has lost 14 straight games when allowing four or more goals (0-12-2 record).
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss prior to the game between the Winnipeg Jets and the New York Islanders at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss prior to the game between the Winnipeg Jets and the New York Islanders at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)

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.

© 2017 by STATS.

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New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) is congratulated by center Shane Prince (11) after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) is congratulated by center Shane Prince (11) after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

NEW YORK -- A pair of teams looking to carry their recent momentum into the All-Star Break square off Thursday night when the New York Islanders host the Montreal Canadiens at Barclays Center.

The Islanders (20-17-9) won for the fourth time in five games Tuesday, when four players scored in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Canadiens (29-13-7) also won Tuesday, when they extended their points streak to three games by knocking off the Calgary Flames 5-1.

The win over the Blue Jackets began a three-game stretch in which the Islanders face the top three teams in the Eastern Conference. New York, which hosts the Washington Capitals in the first game back from the All-Star Break on Tuesday, is trying to get back into the wild card race after spending most of the season mired in last place in the East.

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First Period 

  • 4:00 NJD Steven Santini; Assists: P.A. Parenteau, Taylor Hall
  • 5:14 MTL Alex Galchenyuk (Power Play); Assists: Alexander Radulov, Nathan Beaulieu
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Jan 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the first period of their game against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the first period of their game against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

The Devils take on the Canadiens at the Prudential Center on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Canadiens beat the Devils, 5-2, at home on December 8 and are 9-2-2 versus New Jersey since the start of the 2013 calendar year. Montreal has won each of its last two games played against the Devils; the Canadiens have not won three straight versus New Jersey since winning three in a row from January 24 -- March 11, 2008.
  • The Canadiens lost at home to the Penguins, 4-1, on Wednesday, their second consecutive loss. Montreal has scored just one goal (total) over its last two games, its fewest goals scored over a two-game span since lighting the lamp just once over a two-game span from March 19-20, 2016.
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MONTREAL -- It's said that home is where the heart is. For the Montreal Canadiens, it's also where the wins are.

A .500 team as the opposition, Montreal (17-6-3) has been dominant at the Bell Centre this season, where they've won 12 of 14 games and lost for the first time in regulation just a few weeks ago. Now, after a five-game road trip, they kick off a four-game homestand that begins with a tilt against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

The Canadiens are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues to close out the trip, a point lost after holding a 2-0 lead in the game. But while the team earned half of the 10 points on the table during their road trip, they're pleased with their efforts overall.

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Oct 30, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) plays the ball and Montreal Impact defender Laurent Ciman (23)defends during the second half at Stade Saputo. Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)
Oct 30, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips (99) plays the ball and Montreal Impact defender Laurent Ciman (23)defends during the second half at Stade Saputo. Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Bolte)

The New York Red Bulls won the Eastern Conference and scored 61 goals in the regular season.

New York is on the brink of being eliminated from the postseason.

The Montreal Impact can knock out the Red Bulls in the second leg of the conference semifinals on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

The Impact defeated New York 1-0 last Sunday in Montreal during the first leg of the aggregate format.

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Oct 23, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) makes a leaping save during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The Red Bulls won 2-0. Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) makes a leaping save during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The Red Bulls won 2-0. Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls start their quest for their first MLS Cup title when they travel to Montreal on Sunday to face the Impact in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.New York, which finished first in the conference and received a bye in the knockout round, lost its only appearance in the MLS Cup final, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Columbus Crew in 2008.

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Oct 23, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Red Bulls celebrate after midfielder Alex Muyl (19) scored during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The Red Bulls won 2-0. Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Red Bulls celebrate after midfielder Alex Muyl (19) scored during the second half against the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium. The Red Bulls won 2-0. Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls begin the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs with a two-leg series against the Montreal Impact. Montreal won its play-in game against D.C. United, 4-2, at RFK Stadium. The Red Bulls earned a bye to the conference semifinals by finishing in first place in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.This is the fourth meeting between the two sides this season. Montreal won the first match in March, 3-0. The Red Bulls won at home in August and September, by 3-1 and 1-0 score lines.Here are three key storylines heading into Sunday's match…

Tags: Mike Grella, Montreal Impact, Brendan Joseph
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New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique celebrates after scoring a goal. (Eric Bolte/USA Today Sports Images)
New Jersey Devils forward Adam Henrique celebrates after scoring a goal. (Eric Bolte/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils won preseason games against the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens on Monday.

Nick Lappin scored twice in a 2-0 win over Philadelphia, including an empty-netter with 32 seconds left.

Adam Henrique scored two power-play goals in a 3-2 win against the Canadiens in Montreal. Michael McLeod's third-period goal proved to be the difference after Zach Redmond brought Montreal within one.

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New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrates his goal. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Red Bulls forward Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrates his goal. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Red Bulls can clinch their seventh consecutive playoff appearance with a win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

Currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind Toronto FC, the Red Bulls (12-9-9) haven't lost an MLS game in 12 matches since a 2-0 setback to New York City FC on July 3. The Red Bulls are 6-0-6 in that span.

New York is 6-0-0 against Montreal at Red Bull Arena.

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New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers center J.T. Miller (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens on the road on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • When the Canadiens last faced the Rangers in Montreal on Oct. 15, Montreal shut out New York, 3-0. The Canadiens have totaled seven home shutouts versus the Rangers since the start of the 2010 calendar year, the most by any team versus any single opponent over that span.
  • The Rangers beat the Bruins, 5-2, at home on Wednesday, capitalizing on two of six power-play opportunities in the game. New York's six power-play opportunities were its most in a single game this season, and its two power-play goals matched a season high (done three other times).
  • The Canadiens allowed the first four goals of the game in their 4-3 loss at Detroit on Thursday. Montreal scored all three of its goals in the third period, the third time this season that the Canadiens have scored three goals in a period and still lost the game (also October 29 at Edmonton and February 12 at Buffalo).
  • Derek Stepan had one goal and two assists on Wednesday, his first three-point game this season after totaling six such games last season. Stepan has now totaled 11 points this March, his most in a month since recording 11 points in February 2015.
  • J.T. Miller scored his 20th goal of the season on Wednesday, double his goal total from last season (10). New York is now 8-1-1 since Jan. 1 when Miller scores a goal, after going just 2-4-2 over the first three months of the season when Miller recorded a goal.
  • Max Pacioretty scored his 25th goal of the season on Thursday, his third straight season with at least 25 goals. Prior to Pacioretty, the last Canadiens player with at least 25 goals in three consecutive seasons was Michael Ryder (three straight from 2003-04 to 2006-07; there was no 2004-05 season).
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The Mets will continue to monitor the market for free-agent relief pitchers, but are not likely to give anyone a major-league contract, Sandy Alderson said Wednesday morning at Tradition Field.

"At this point, we're more likely to see what happens over the course of the spring," he explained, noting that better deals could become available later in March.

He did say that, for now, Rafael Montero is being considered more as depth for the starting rotation than as a relief pitcher. That said, Alderson feels it's difficult to know exactly what Montero's role will be until he gets back pitching again on a regular basis.

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New Jersey Devils right wing Stephen Gionta is hit into the boards by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils right wing Stephen Gionta is hit into the boards by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Alex Galchenyuk and Sven Andrighetto scored in regulation and again in the shootout and the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.

Mike Condon started for the injured Carey Price and preserved the win by stopping Patrik Elias with his pad on the Devils' fifth attempt in the shootout. He finished with 25 saves, the same as the Devils' Cory Schneider.

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New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. (Sergei Belski)
New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes on his bench against the Calgary Flames during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 3-2. (Sergei Belski)

(AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens are back to their winning ways and Carey Price is again dealing with a nagging lower-body injury.

Though it's uncertain how much time their star goaltender could miss, Price won't be in net when the visiting Canadiens try for a fourth straight victory Friday night in the opener of a home-and-home series with the New Jersey Devils.

Playing his third game since missing nine in a row, Price left after two periods when he re-aggravated that injury in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the New York Rangers. His right leg appeared to bend awkwardly at one point in the second.

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Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders welcome the Canadiens to Brooklyn for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.

According to STATS...

  • The Canadiens have won four straight and seven of their last eight meetings against the Islanders, including a 4-1 home victory on November 5. The Isles have been held to just one goal scored in three of their past four games against Montreal.
  • The Canadiens have 16 players who have played in all 20 of the team's games this season -- most in the NHL.
  • Max Pacioretty is currently riding a six-game point streak with three goals and five assists during this stretch. Pacioretty's career high point streak is seven games, which he has done twice.
  • Montreal is in the midst of its fourth set of back-to-back games this season. They are 3-0-0 in the second of back-to-backs so far. In 2014-15, they finished with an 8-4-4 mark in the second game of a back-to-back, which was the NHL's sixth-best record in that category.
  • Kyle Okposo recorded his 200th career assist in the Islanders' 5-2 home win over Arizona on Monday. He had three assists total in the game -- the fourth three assist game of his career.
  • With their win over the Coyotes earlier this week, the Isles improved to 8-2-1 against the Western Conference on the season (8-1-0 in the last 9).Only the New York Rangers (7-1-0) and the Dallas Stars (6-1-0) have better records versus the west.
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The Islanders watched as solid first period effort was squandered by mistakes in the second.

The Montreal Canadiens scored two goals in the second period and defeated the Isles 3-1 in front of a sold out Nassau Coliseum. It was the third straight home game this week that the Islanders have failed to win. Goals by Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty, and stellar goaltending by Carey Price, sealed the home team's fate, despite a late game comeback attempt.

"It was another one of those nights," John Tavares told reporters after the loss. "It was tight, pucks were bouncing it seemed and we were trying to generate some offense. Trying to get to the middle of the ice. Obviously there's a lot being let go and it's tight games. You just have to find a we and right now it's definitely just disappointing.

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The NHL has released a video of the best "mic'd up" moments from the Rangers Canadiens series.

In the clip, Chris Kreider is shown running into Carey Price and then Brandon Prust is shown as Price is talking with the trainer and said "i'm gonna blow a wheel into Hank."

Prust is then shown going after Kreider and eggs him on by saying "more."

Prust did attempt to skate into Henrik Lundqvist during a break in play.

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Dominic Moore, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, Derick Brassard, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, Marty St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello, along with some of their wives and girlfriends, celebrated the Rangers game six victory at Tao until early Friday morning. (NY Post)

The Rangers were "pretty chill" and not "going crazy" and stayed until around 2AM. (NY Post)

The Rangers had off on Friday and Saturday. (NY Post)

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Early in the series against Montreal, PK Subban said that Henrik Lundqvist was playing well but also getting a lot of luck in shutting down the Canadiens.

Following the Rangers game six win, Subbam said that the Rangers goaltender played really well and did a lot of good things that kept the Rangers in the game. (NY Post)?

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4:38PM: Price said, "I don't think it was on purpose...hockey is a rough sport and injuries happen all the time. Sometimes they are intentional and sometimes they are bad luck and I don't think he did it on purpose." (Habs)

2:10PM: Carey Price spoke at Canadiens breakup day today and said that he doesn't think Kreider fell on him "voluntarily." (Renaud Lavoie)

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Last night the Rangers were presented with the Prince of Wales Trophy for winning the Eastern Conference.

The entire team gathered around the trophy and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly but didn't touch it.

Brad Richards, when asked why, said "Well, I just?? Marty and I have been there, Carcillo, unfortunately, just wasn't dressed, so we didn't put his opinion in, but no one else was dressed that's been there. We just won it without touching it, and it was instructed that way when we won. If half the team was there maybe we would have had more debate on the ice, but it wasn't much debate. We're not doing it, and that's where we went with it." (via the NHL)

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11:53PM: Quotes via the Rangers:

Dominic Moore on his goal??We got the puck in. We protected it well for a while there and used each other down low and cycled it well. When (Brian) Boyle got it behind the net, I tried to let him know I was there and he made a great play.?

Martin St. Louis on making it to the Stanley Cup Finals this year. . .?It means a lot. Obviously, it?s been a tough year for me. This makes it pretty cool. Being somewhere for 13, 14 years and changing teams and to get a chance to play in the Stanley Cup Finals with these teammates of mine, who have been nothing but great through my tough time in the past few weeks, it makes it even more special. I am proud to be a Ranger and do it alongside these great teammates.?

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7:42PM: Glen Sather told James Duthie of TSN that the Rangers need to close out the series tonight.

4:33PM: Arthur Staple writes that while the schedule shows that tonight is game six for the Rangers and Canadiens, the Rangers need to treat the game as if it is game seven and their backs are against the wall. (Newsday)

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Pierre McGuire was on TSN 1050 this morning and was asked what he thought would happen tonight in game six between the Rangers and Canadiens.

Pierre said, "I think it's going to be tough for Montreal, I hope this series goes seven, but I think this will be tough for Montreal only because the Rangers, I believe, because they are a more mature team, have learned their lesson. I was with Marty St. Louis last night at an arena near our house, he lives pretty close to where I live and his little boy was at the rink and my little guy was there and we were just shooting the breeze and, again, he said that 'we didn't play real well last night and we will be ready to go tomorrow and we are a mature team' and I agree with him. They are a mature team, much more of a mature team than people think and i think that is one thing thing will give them an advantage tonight."

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Throughout the playoffs Alain Vigneault has consistently said that the Rangers play whistle to whistle.

Sam Rosen said after game five that discipline is one of the important parts of the Rangers game and it wasn't there in Montreal.

Larry Brooks wrote that in game five the Rangers were "undone" by their own carelessness and lack of discipline. Brad Richards told Brooks that the Rangers can't get away from what they have done all year. (NY Post)

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