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Habs go for consecutive wins against New York teams on Thursday in Montreal

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL -- The Canadiens will face a second New York team in as many outings on Thursday, when the Islanders visit the Bell Centre.

On Tuesday, the Habs defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout at Madison Square Garden, and are looking to build off of that effort in Montreal.

"We were a different team against the Rangers, so we need to continue playing the right way. We need to play another strong game on Thursday, and win every battle for the puck," noted Alexander Radulov, following the win in Manhattan.

Head coach Claude Julien and goaltender Carey Price will both be eyeing milestones on home ice against New York. Julien will coach his 1,000th game behind an NHL bench, while Carey Price could pass Ken Dryden for sole possession of second place in team history with a 259th career win.

The Isles meanwhile arrive in Montreal winners of their last two, sitting just six points behind the Habs in the Eastern Conference standings, with a game in hand.

Thursday will be the third and final meeting between the two teams this season, and first at the Bell Centre. The Islanders and Canadiens have split their previous two matchups this season.

Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on RDS and SNE.

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