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Preview: Islanders at Canadiens

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

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

7 P.M. BELL CENTRE, MSG+, CHANNEL FINDER, WNYE 91.5 FM, WRHU 88.7 FM, LI NEWS 103.9 FM

FOUR THINGS:

1. Rematch: The Islanders rematch with the Canadiens two nights after a 5-3 loss on Friday night at Barclays Center. Matt Martin came inches away from tying the game at four late in the third period, but his shot hit the inside of the post and sat on the goal line. 

“We battled back and played a really good game in the second half, but it just seemed like we could never obviously tie it up,” Travis Hamonic said. “It should make for a good game on Sunday night.”


2. Bounce Back for Halak? Jaroslav Halak was roughed up by his former team Friday, allowing three goals on 11 shots in the first period before being replaced by Thomas Greiss. Halak is 5-4-1 this season with a 2.14 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage with two shutouts. Jack Capuano has not named his starter for Sunday’s game. 

3. Brock Nelson: With two goals on Friday night, Brock Nelson extended his scoring streak to four games. The Islanders forward has points in five straight games (5G, 2A) since joining John Tavares and Kyle Okposo on the top line. Okposo has six assists during a four-game point streak.



4. Carey Price:
Carey Price returned for the Canadiens Friday, his first game since suffering a lower-body injury on Oct. 29. Price stopped 33-of-36 shots in the win and is 10-3-3 against the Islanders in his career. 

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