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Game preview: Canadiens (24-29-10) @ Islanders (29-28-7)

The Canadiens' six-game, 12-day road trip begins with a rematch against the Islanders on Friday

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

The Canadiens are in the midst of their longest-ever road trip, and begin the swing with a tilt against a familiar foe.

Just two days after beating the New York Islanders in Montreal, the Habs are in Brooklyn for a rematch at Barclays Center.

Paul Byron, Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Scherbak were the goal-scorers for the home side, while Antti Niemi made 27 saves in the win.

Video: Drouin, Niemi power Canadiens past Islanders, 3-1

Wednesday night's showdown marked the fifth straight game in which the Canadiens had collected a point, after beating the Rangers and losing to the Lightning (once) and Flyers (twice) in extra time.

After Friday's morning skate, head coach Claude Julien made several lineup announcements. He confirmed that Charlie Lindgren would be in nets to face the Islanders, and that David Schlemko would be making his return to the lineup in place of Jordie Benn.

Julien also announced that Nicolas Deslauriers, Charles Hudon, and Logan Shaw would be scratched. In the case of Hudon, a minor injury was to blame.

"[Hudon] blocked a shot last game with his hand. His hand is a little swollen right now, and he's not comfortable shooting the puck," declared the Habs bench boss. "We're going to give him time for that to heal. It's nothing more than an inside-the-hand bruise, so we just have to give it some time."

Deslauriers and Shaw were previously out on Wednesday, while Daniel Carr will draw in in place of Hudon after a one-game absence.

Meanwhile, the Islanders dropped their fourth straight decision in losing to the Habs earlier in the week. They now sit four points out of a Wild Card spot, currently held by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The game in Brooklyn on Friday marks the start of a busy month for the Canadiens, who play a total of 14 games in March. After New York, the Habs have dates set with the Bruins, Devils, Panthers, Lightning, and Blue Jackets on their current six-game, 12-day outing.

Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on TSN2 and RDS, and will be on the radio on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm.

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