MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's matchup against the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre.
1. The Canadiens were certainly trending in the right direction for the majority of their most recent outing against Boston. Claude Julien's troops took a 1-0 lead into the third period at TD Garden, but were unable to keep the Bruins off the scoresheet for good. David Pastrnak, David Backes and Jake DeBrusk all scored down the stretch en route to handing their Atlantic Division rivals their eighth consecutive loss. Joel Armia was the lone Canadiens player to find the back of the net, extending his scoring streak to three straight games. He currently sits tied with assistant captain Brendan Gallagher for the team lead in goals with 10 so far this season. For his part, Carey Price turned aside 31 of 34 shots against in a losing effort.
2. The Canadiens made announcements aplenty on Monday. Just as practice began at the Bell Sports Complex, the club confirmed that defenseman Victor Mete would be sidelined for a minimum of two weeks with an ankle injury. Thirty minutes later, the club revealed that goaltender Keith Kinkaid had been placed on waivers. Later in the day, the team announced that goaltender Cayden Primeau and forward Matthew Peca were both recalled from the AHL's Laval Rocket. Primeau, in particular, has garnered plenty of attention in his first pro season. The 20-year-old American is off to a tremendous start with a 7-4-1 record in 12 games, along with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. During Julien's pregame media opportunity, he announced that Peca would draw into the lineup in place of Charles Hudon.
3. Tuesday night's game will feature ceremonies to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the founding of the franchise in 1909. As part of the celebrations that will take place ahead of the game, the Canadiens will hold a Captains' Reunion. To mark the occasion, 11 of the 12 retired team captains, from Yvan Cournoyer (1975-79) to Brian Gionta (2010-14) and current Canadiens captain Shea Weber, will be in the house for this historic reunion. Henri Richard will not be able to attend the ceremonies due to health issues but will be honored during the ceremonies. Fans are invited to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for the pregame ceremony. Current players will help celebrate the team's 110 years by wearing special warmup jerseys featuring names of some of the franchise's legends who marked the team's history.
The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation will also be hosting the 11th edition of the #ourGOALtoASSIST RadioTéléDON on Tuesday. The event aims to support the efforts of the Foundation to provide a brighter and healthier future for children in need by encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle among Quebec youth.
4. The Islanders were in action on Monday night in Detroit where they posted a 4-1 win over the Red Wings. Jordan Eberle led the way offensively at Little Caesars Arena, scoring his first and second goals of the season. Barry Trotz's club is riding a two-game winning streak heading into the matchup with the Canadiens. They currently sit second in the Metropolitan Division with 38 points on the year, and a 7-3-1 road record. Mathew Barzal leads the Islanders in all three major offensive categories with 10 goals, 13 assists and 23 points in 25 games. This is the first of three regular-season matchups between the two teams. They'll meet again on March 3 and March 28.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can watch the game on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. To purchase tickets, click here.