[7:00 PM] Canadiens @ Islanders

Who will WIN this matchup?

Montreal Canadiens (5-0-1)

@ New York Islanders (3-3-0)


Starting Goalies:

Al Montoya(MON): Confirmed

Thomas Greiss(NYI): TBD


Current odds:

Montreal Canadiens: (+100)

New York Islanders: (-120)


The Montreal Canadiens are making a habit of getting out of the blocks in a hurry, highlighted by their franchise-best nine-game winning streak to start the 2015-16 campaign. This season’s Canadiens are nearly as hot as they vie for their fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday when they visit the New York Islanders.

Brendan Gallagher missed 29 games due to a finger injury last season, but sure is making up for lost time to start this campaign with a team-leading four goals. The 24-year-old has scored in back-to-back contests and is riding a three-game point streak into his tilt with the Islanders, against whom he has recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) in 11 career encounters. Goaltender Al Montoya (NHL second-best 1.30 goals-against average) is looking to build off his 36-save performance in a 4-0 win over Pittsburgh on Oct. 18 when he faces his former team, versus which he is 3-0-0 in his career.

New York is receiving plenty of offense from its defense, with Johnny Boychuk scoring in back-to-back games and fellow blue-liners Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey finding the net versus the Wild. The Islanders, who have seen five of their top six defensemen score a goal, have collected 12 points (six goals, six assists) from their blue-liners this season. Travis Hamonic, who has yet to score a goal, is having as much fun this season with a minus-7 rating.

New York rookie LW Anthony Beauvillier, who is from Quebec, notched two assists versus Minnesota and has five points (one goal, four assists) in five NHL games.

Weber’s plus-10 rating is tops in the NHL and his 26-plus minutes of ice time is in the top 10 of the league heading into Tuesday’s action.

The Islanders are just 1-for-15 on the power play, but they have thwarted 21-of-22 short-handed situations this season.


StreakSmarts Pick: New York Islanders

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick