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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Islanders

Habs face Islanders in final game before the All-Star break

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL /

MTL (29-13-7) @ NYI (20-17-9)

Before benefiting from a couple of days off, the Canadiens will face one more test on Thursday night in Brooklyn.

For a second time this season, the Habs and Islanders will face-off at the Barclays Center -- Montreal took the first meeting 3-2 on Oct. 26 -- as Michel Therrien's men look to remain undefeated at the second-year home of the Isles.

The last time the two teams met, Jack Capuano was behind the Islanders bench, but was replaced by Doug Weight on Jan. 17. Since making the change behind the bench, New York has won three of its last four games, including a 4-2 decision against Columbus on Tuesday.

The Habs meanwhile are coming off an equally impressive 5-1 win against Calgary, in which Alexander Radulov, Tomas Plekanec and Andrew Shaw each enjoyed two-point nights, and Carey Price kept a shutout going until the final seconds of play.

Despite practicing with his teammates on Wednesday, David Desharnais did not make the trip to the Big Apple, just like Alex Galchenyuk, who will miss a second consecutive game on Thursday.

Therrien confirmed that all of the injured players (Desharnais, Galchenyuk, Andrei Markov and Greg Pateryn) will be reevaluated on Monday.

Carey Price will get the start in goal against the Islanders, after missing the first meeting between the two teams this season. The All-Star netminder holds an impressive 11-3-3 record opposite New York, and will face Thomas Greiss at the other end of the ice.

Since the beginning of the new year, Montreal has won five of its seven games on the road.

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