Montreal Canadiens (19-11-3) @ New York Islanders (9-19-5)
Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 7 p.m.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum | Uniondale, New York
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Hello from Nassau Coliseum on a snow December day. The Islanders will take on the Montreal Canadiens for the second time this season. The first matchup did not go the way the Islanders had hoped; they lost 4-2 in Montreal back on November 10.
The Canadiens enter tonight’s game coming off a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday and are 3-2-0 in their last five games. The Isles are fresh off a 5-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes and have lost four of their last five games.
New York will try and curb that tonight. They will put Evgeni Nabokov out to face the Montreal Candiens. He is making his first start since injuring himself back on November 16 against the Detroit Red Wings. Nabokov is 5-5-3 in 14 starts this year for the Islanders. He was not in net when the Isles fell to Montreal earlier in the season.
The Islanders will also have top prospect Ryan Strome at their disposal tonight. The 20-year-old will make his NHL debut, though it is unclear who will be on a line with him. During the morning skate he did practice on a line with Cal Clutterbuck and Brock Nelson.
Thomas Vanek – John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Michael Grabner – Frans Nielsen – Josh Bailey
Cal Clutterbuck – Ryan Strome – Brock Nelson
Matt Martin – Peter Regin – Eric Boulton