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The Canadiens continue their four-game homestand when they face-off against the visiting New York Islanders on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
Michel Therrien’s troops will look to get back to their winning ways after falling 2-1 to the Senators in overtime on Tuesday night. Dale Weise scored the only Canadiens goal in what proved to be a goaltenders' duel, with Sens netminder Craig Anderson stopping 36 of the 37 shots he faced to Mike Condon’s 25 of 26. Overtime, which lasted just 34 seconds, was the first taste of 3-on-3 hockey for the Canadiens this season.
Following a three-game losing streak, the Islanders got back to winning on Tuesday night at their new home arena in Brooklyn opposite New Jersey. It was a tight-checking game with a late goal by Casey Cizikas in the third period proving to be the difference.
Good news for the Islanders and bad news for Canadiens defensemen: Isles captain John Tavares should return to the lineup for Thursday night’s game after missing the last three with flu-like symptoms. The 25-year-old center took part in practice with his team on Wednesday and is expected to return to action at the Bell Centre, the building in which he was drafted first-overall in 2009.
For the Canadiens, coach Michel Therrien has confirmed there will be no changes to his line-up, meaning Alexander Semin will not dress and Mike Condon will be the starting goalie for a fourth consecutive game.
Tonight will mark the first of three games between the Islanders and the Canadiens this season, with all three taking part during the month of November. Last season, the Canadiens earned a perfect record against Jack Capuano’s squad, going 3-0-0.SEE ALSO2014-15 stats vs. IslandersPredictor