The Canadiens will be looking to extend their streak of recording at least one point in a game to 12 when they visit the New York Islanders Tuesday night (7 p.m., RDS, TSN 690 Radio).
The last time the Canadiens failed to pick up a point in a game was on Feb. 9, when they lost 6-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre. Since then, they have gone 8-0-3 to move into first place in the Eastern Conference.
Max Pacioretty has also been on fire with eight goals and four assists in his last eight games and was named the NHL’s first star of the week on Monday after posting 4-3-7 totals in four games.
Pacioretty has been on fire since scoring his first goal of the season on a fluky bounce shot in a 3-0 win over Carolina on Feb. 18 that brought back memories of former Habs defenceman J.C. Tremblay.
“It’s strange to think that it all started with that fluky goal,” Pacioretty told reporters on Monday. “I scored the next game and now I’m playing with a lot of confidence and I find I’m moving my feet. This honour is great but it’s really a team award and I have to thank my teammates and the two guys on my line.”
The Canadiens held an optional morning skate Tuesday on Long Island. The only players who didn’t take part were Brian Gionta, Tomas Kaberle, Tomas Plekanec, Francis Bouillon, Michael Ryder and Brandon Prust.
Carey Price will start in goal for the Canadiens.
(Photo by Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)