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NHL: Montreal Canadiens vs New York Islanders | 16 April, 7 AM (PST) 

Mary C

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C | Nick Suzuki 

LW | Cole Caufield 

RW | Rem Pitlick 

LD | Alexander Romanov 

RD | David Savard 

G | Sam Montembeault 



C | Matthew Barzal 

LW | Anders Lee 

RW | Kyle Palmieri 

LD | Adam Pelech 

RD | Scott Mayfield 

G | Ilya Sorokin 


Saturday morning, 7 AM to be exact, Bell Centre will be housing the clash of the Montreal Canadiens against the New York Islanders. It’s an Atlantic versus Metropolitan game for this one as the Islanders come to pay the Canadiens a visit. Both teams aren’t really thriving at the moment. With Montreal at the bottom of the Atlantic’s pile and the Islanders fifth in the Metropolitan, we’re guessing this game won’t be appealing to everyone. Regardless, here are our thoughts on the match.  


25-time Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens have made their history in the National Hockey League. However, their last win was back in 1993, and they haven’t quite bounced back since. As of late, the Canadiens are one of the worst teams in the league. During the middle of the ongoing season, the Canadiens had an 8-29-7 record, and it was the worst overall record ever in the history of the franchise. Now, they’ve amassed a 20-42-11, but they’re still the second-worst in the league. 


Visiting team NY Islanders, by comparison, is doing better this season. Though in contrast to the 25-peat Stanley Cup winners, the Islanders have only appeared five times in the Stanley Cup finals, but have won four of their appearances. The Islanders just need to work on their offense. Just this February, their offense was off the charts, but they failed to keep the momentum in that rush. They also have a bright future with Mathew Barzal. The center player has much potential to be a great player. They just need to cultivate him and not lose him.  


Now that that’s out of the way, how are they doing now? The Canadiens are still in a slump. After Fan favorite Phillip Danault left Montreal, the team has been in shambles. New York, on the other hand, was able to take advantage of the shortened NHL season due to Covid. They’ve been able to fend off the “weaker teams” while relying heavily on their defense. Unfortunately for the Canadiens, they are the weaker team in this equation. With the poor offense and defense of Montreal, it’s likely for the Islanders to take the cake for this one, but hey, that’s just us. The only way to find out is to catch the game this April 16, 7 AM sharp and enjoy the game as much one can. 


7 AM PST, April 16, 2022. Bell Centre, Montreal, QC. 

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