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    http://newyorkislanders.com/gameday/pregame.html The Home Stretch (7:00 PM) Fox Sports New York, 1050 AM ESPN Radio Montreal Leads Series (2-1-0-0) (March 31)
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      The Home Stretch (7:00 PM)
      Fox Sports New York, 1050 AM ESPN Radio
      Montreal Leads Series (2-1-0-0)

      (March 31) After a couple of days off, the Islanders will regroup for
      their second-to-last regular season game at the Coliseum. The seventh-
      place Montreal Canadiens make the trip down from Quebec Wednesday as
      the Isles attempt to lock up a playoff spot with three games

      The Sabres pulled even closer to the Isles Monday night, picking up a
      6-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Each team has three games
      left on their schedule, and both teams take the ice Wednesday. While
      the Islanders host Montreal on Long Island, the Sabres will be in New
      York City, taking on the Rangers. The Sabres can be eliminated if
      they lose to the Rangers and the Islanders beat the Habs.

      If the Islanders want to make sure they walk away with two points,
      three goals will be needed. In the past 10 games that the Isles
      scored three or more goals in, the Islanders went 6-3-1. They are
      winless though, in the last 10 games where they scored two or fewer
      times, going 0-6-3-1.

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      The Insider
      Montreal Canadiens @ New York Islanders
      7:00 PM; March 31, 2004 @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

      The Book on the Canadiens
      Before their last three games, the Habs were one of the hottest teams
      in the NHL, losing in regulation just once in 14 games. But down the
      stretch, they've struggled, getting snagged by their division-mates,
      Buffalo, Ottawa and Boston, in their last trio of contests. Their
      strength has been in their defense, which is ranked in the top 10,
      allowing just 2.29 goals per game. They've been a middle-of-the-pack
      team offensively, and own the 8th-worst penalty-killing unit in the

      Leading Montreal in assists and points is Mike Ribeiro, while Richard
      Zednik's 25 goals are the most among the Habs' scorers. Patrice
      Brisebois' +19 rating is the highest in Montreal, and Darren
      Langdon's 135 penalty minutes lead the team. Injured Sheldon Souray
      leads the defense in points and ice-time, but with him out, Andrei
      Markov holds the ice-time lead and Patrice Brisebois is tops in
      offense on the blueline.

      Between the Pipes
      Before giving up four goals to the Senators last Thursday, Jose
      Theodore had won five-straight, allowing 12 goals, though his team
      was outshot in three of the contests. He's set a new career-high in
      wins this season, and he's on pace to beat his career mark in minutes
      played. He's gone 2-1-0 this season against the Isles, allowing just
      1.01 goals per game. In his first season as a full-time back-up,
      Mathieu Garon has set new highs for himself as well, in just about
      every stat category. In his last five starts, he went 2-2-1.

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      The Scoop on the Montreal Canadiens

      (March 31) The Montreal Canadiens visit Long Island to complete the
      road portion of their 2003-04 season. The Canadiens are coming off a
      3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins and will wrap-up a two-game
      road swing as well. Montreal comes to Uniondale as a team who has
      only won once in their last five games. The Canadiens could be
      without all-star defenseman Sheldon Souray, who missed the team's
      last game with an "upper body injury."

      Where They Stand:
      Les Canadiens have compiled a strong record of 40-28-7-4 over 79
      games this season. Their point total of 91 puts them in fourth place
      in the tough Northeast Division. Montreal enters the game in seventh
      place in the Eastern Conference, five points ahead of the eighth
      place Islanders. On the road this season, the Canadiens have a record
      of 18-16-3-3 -- and in their last 10 games overall have gone 5-2-1-2.
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