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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Islanders

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (21-11-2) @ ISLANDERS (23-10-0)

The Canadiens will play their final game before the Christmas break on Tuesday night when they take on the New York Islanders for the first time this season.

On Saturday night, Michel Therrien’s troops downed the Ottawa Senators 4-1, picking up their fourth victory in their last five games, all of which came at the Bell Centre.

The line of Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk was back at it again against the Senators, registering two goals and five points. The trio has combined for 16 points over the course of the last five games.

Michel Therrien should be featuring that same lineup again on Tuesday night. At practice on Monday, Michael Bournival and Sven Andrighetto were rotating spots on the fourth line.

Carey Price should get the start in goal for the Canadiens.

For their part, the Islanders are off to a great start in 2014-15. They trail the Pittsburgh Penguins by just three points for top spot in the Metropolitan Division. Jack Capuano’s club boasts 23 wins on the year, which ranks them first in that category alongside the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chad Johnson will get the start in goal for the Islanders.

Up front, the John Tavares-Kyle Okposo duo is leading the charge. Both have amassed 28 points since the start of the year. Brock Nelson, one of two Islanders first-round picks in 2010, has 27 points this season, including 14 goals.

New York will be looking for its fifth straight win after besting the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Detroit Red Wings, the New Jersey Devils and the Chicago Blackhawks.

On Saturday, the Islanders held the Lightning to just 21 shots, while firing 48 shots in Andrei Vasilevskiy’s direction in a 3-1 victory.

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