- The Canadiens held in a short practice Sunday morning in Brossard ahead of their clash against the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre later this evening. This will be the second straight game between the two teams, with the most recent duel taking place Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Canadiens held off a third period comeback by the Islanders to win the game by the score of 5 to 3.
“They are a very tough team to play against. Last game wasn’t really an indication of how they play,” clarified captain Max Pacioretty, who is not prepared to let his club take the Islanders lightly regardless of Friday night’s outcome. “The first game we played against them was a very tight checking game. There weren’t a lot of chances both ways. And that’s the kind of game we are expecting tonight, a tight checking and low scoring game.”
- Forwards Torrey Mitchell (lower body) and Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body) did not participate in the morning workout and will not be in uniform for this evening’s game. In Torrey Mitchell’s case, he will re-evaluated by doctors later this week and the team will receive an update on his condition.
- Sven Andrighetto, recalled from the St. John's IceCaps will be in uniform Friday night against the Islanders.
“I practiced with Andrighetto today. He’s a skilled player and he’s got a lot of speed. So he creates a lot of offensive chances,” noted Alex Galchenyuk, who is slated to center a line flanked by Andrighetto and Lars Eller. “Sven is a fun guy to play with and I’m excited for what we can do as a line. When you get called up it is always exciting. You just try to go out there and prove yourself and that’s what the three of us are going to try to do, to prove ourselves. We have to make sure we are solid and give the team momentum and create scoring chances.”
- The Swiss striker has a dozen games of NHL experience, amassing two goals and adding an assist during his most recent call-up to the big leagues in 2014-2015.
“I’m confident in my game right now and I think that’s a big part. I’m going to try to play the same way I play in St. John’s, because that’s why they called me up. I am going to keep playing that way here,” added Andrighetto, who is set to make his 2015-2016 season debut.
- Meanwhile, Bud Holloway, recalled Sunday morning is expected to watch the game from the press box along with Jarred Tinordi. Holloway, who has plied his trade mainly in Sweden and Switzerland in recent years, is currently the St. John's IceCaps’ leading scorer with 20 points in 18 games.
“I’m 27 and I finally got the call up, so I am obviously pretty ecstatic to be here right now,” expressed Holloway, who was noticeably excited about being called up to the NHL for the first time in his career. “This is the first time the phone ever rang! I got called into the office and they said you are on the 5am flight in the morning. It was pretty shocking just the way it all happened so fast. Going out and calling my dad, that was a pretty proud moment.”
- Greg Pateryn will play in his fifth straight game Sunday night. The steady defender has been patrolling the Canadiens’ blue line alongside Tom Gilbert in the absence of Alexei Emelin. The Russian rearguard is progressing towards making a return to the line as Emelin skated with teammates for the second consecutive day at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
- Carey Price will be in goal to face the Islanders again Sunday night. Price, who is scheduled to start his 11th game this season, has a record of 8-2-0 record, including a goals against average of 2.11 and save percentage of 93.4%.
- Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre and will be televised on RDS, NHLN-US and SN.
Probable lineup for Sunday's game.
Fleischmann - Desharnais - Weise
Pacioretty - Plekanec - Gallagher
Eller - Galchenyuk - Andrighetto
Byron - Flynn - Semin
Markov - Subban
Gilbert - Pateryn
Beaulieu - Petry
Emelin – Tinordi
Pre-game Comments: Nov. 22
Game preview: Canadiens vs. Islanders