NY Islanders (8-10-2) at Montreal (11-5-3) 7:30 pm EST
MONTREAL (Ticker) — The suddenly slumping Montreal Canadiens
look to break out of a scoring drought Monday when they host the
New York Islanders.
The Canadiens are just 3-4-2 in their last nine contests
following an 8-1-1 start. They have not scored more than two
goals in any of their last six games, managing a pair of 3-2
shootout wins during that stretch.
The struggles can be largely blamed on a lackluster power play
that has converted just two of its last 31 opportunities,
including an 0-of-4 effort in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to.
Goaltender Carey Price has not won consecutive starts since a
three-game run from October 28-November 1, although he has
allowed just two goals in each of his last four outings.
The Islanders are improving, having won four of their last five
contests after a 2-7-2 stretch.
Joey MacDonald has started 10 straight games in net, yielding
two goals or less in four of his last five appearances. He made
25 saves in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Buffalo.
Doug Weight leads New York with 19 points while Trent Hunter and
Bill Guerin have scored seven goals apiece.