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Game preview: Canadiens vs. Islanders

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (15-4-2) VS. ISLANDERS (10-7-3)

TV: RDS, NHLN-US, SN

The Canadiens and the Islanders meet for the second time in as many games, and third time this month on Sunday at the Bell Centre.

The meeting will be the final one this regular season between the two budding rivals.

Even with a 5-3 scoreline on Friday in Brooklyn, caution should reign for the Habs against Jack Capuano’s men, who pressed hard for a comeback that fell just short in a physical game at the Barclays Center. The Isles dished out 42 hits to the Canadiens’ 18, but Montreal bested the home side in the only column that matters with goals from Jeff Petry (2), Nathan Beaulieu, Tomas Fleischmann, and Brendan Gallagher. Petry’s first multi-goal NHL outing came at the expense of goaltenders Jaroslav Halak in the first period and Thomas Greiss in the third, while Gallagher extended his current point streak to seven.

Brock Nelson (2) and Travis Hamonic were the goalscorers for New York, and Halak was pulled after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Although Capuano has not yet announced whether Halak or Greiss will be back in goal on Sunday, Michel Therrien has already confirmed that Carey Price will be back between the pipes at the Bell Centre. The 28-year-old netminder made his first start in nearly three weeks on Friday, stopping 31 of 34 shots.

The Canadiens confirmed that Sven Andrighetto, who was called up from St. John’s on Friday, will be in uniform on Sunday, replacing Torrey Mitchell on a line with Alex Galchenyuk and Lars Eller. The Habs bench boss said on Saturday that Mitchell will be reevaluated on Monday.

In addition, the Canadiens announced that George 'Bud' Holloway has also been recalled from St. John's as forward Devante Smith-Pelly is presently sidelined with a lower-body injury. Holloway, the IceCaps leading scorer, has collected five goals and 15 assists for a total of 20 points through 18 games this season. Holloway practiced with the team in Brossard Sunday morning and is expected to join Jarred Tinordi on the sidelines against the Islanders.

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