Game Preview by Sam Gerber
Last game : MTL 1  TBL 4  

The Habs came out flying, Max Domi pounced on an open puck and scored less than a minute in. The Habs didn’t let up, they continued to dominate the Lightning until a bad penalty was taken by Nicolas Deslauriers. The momentum switched and the Bolts never looked back. The Habs had no answer the rest of the night and the Lightning dominated the rest of the game taking advantage of turnovers.

For a complete game recap: Habs Special Teams Don’t Measure Up

Players to watch

  • Jeff Petry
    With Shea Weber out, Petry is the man who is being relied upon to fill his skates. It’s time for him to step-up as a leader and bring a physical element each shift the Habs lack.
  • Jonathan Drouin
    Drouin had a bad start to the season, contributed for a couple of games and now has been invisible for the past five games. He’s been put in a position to succeed but has failed to do so, so far. He needs to produce on a nightly basis for the Habs to make it into the post-season.
  • Andrew Shaw
    For two years, Shaw has dealt with multiple injuries, and he has never looked the same. The Habs acquired Shaw for a number of reasons, including his physical element, depth scoring, fearless playing style, and that he’s a big moment type of player. It’ll be interesting to see if Shaw can go back to the player he was before the injuries.

Keys to Victory

  • Ramp up your compete level
    The Habs have to compete every shift, and can’t let one bad play dictate their game.
  • Get physical
    The Habs are one of the top 3 in terms of hits but were out hit last game and they had no answer. Going up against a very physical Islanders team they need to be ready.
  • Find a way
    So far this season the Habs have found a way to win, and they need to continue to do that. They have had some puck luck, but ultimately it’s because they don’t give up.  
Matchup by All Habs staff
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY | November 5, 7:00 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, MSG+2

2018-19 statistics

17 (8th) Points (rank) 16 (15th)
8-4-1 Record 7-4-2
3-1-1 Home/Away 2-1-2
6-3-1 Last 10 6-3-1
3.15 GF/G 3.08
2.31 GA/G 2.85
22.5 PP% 14.3
80.5 PK% 79.5
42.72  CF%  53.28
eSAT Analytics by Mathieu Chagnon
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Lee – Nelson – Bailey
Beauvillier – Barzal – Eberle
Ladd – Filppula – Komarov
Johnston – Cizikas – Clutterbuck
Tatar – Danault – Gallagher
Drouin – Domi – Hudon
Lehkonen – Kotkaniemi – Armia
Deslauriers – Peca – Shaw
Leddy – Pulock
Pelech – Boychuk
Hickey – Mayfield
Benn – Petry
Reilly – Juulsen
 Ouellet – Mete
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Sbisa, Kuhnhackl
Injured: Martin
Scratched: Alzner
Injured: Byron, Weber, Schlemko, Plekanec
Thomas Greiss Antti Niemi
Record: 4-2-0
GAA: – 1.85
Sv%: – .944
SO: 1
Alternate: Robin Lehner
Record: 2-1-0
GAA: – 3.24
Sv%: – .898
SO: 0
Alternate: Carey Price
 What to Expect by Sam Gerber
The Habs need to win this game. After dominating one of the best teams in the league for 10 minutes the Habs completely flipped a switch and it wasn’t pretty. It looked like the team many people believe the Habs were going to look like all season long. It has to stop now, the Habs need to battle hard now because points are always harder to get in the second half of the season. The Islanders can’t be underestimated, they have moved on without John Tavares and have become another surprise team this season. They are on a five game winning streak and don’t plan on slowing down. The Habs need some players to step-up this game and it can’t just be Brendan Gallagher, who does it on a nightly basis.
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