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At the Rink: Islanders at Canadiens

by Sean Farrell

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens will test their organizational depth against the New York Islanders at Bell Centre on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, MSG+, RDS) with an opportunity to sweep the three-game season series.

Montreal forward Sven Andrighetto will make his season debut at right wing on a line with center Alex Galchenyuk and left wing Lars Eller. He was recalled from St. John's of the American Hockey League on Friday.

Montreal (15-4-2) also recalled forward Bud Holloway from St. John's on Sunday after forward Devante Smith-Pelly was ruled out because of a lower-body injury he sustained in the Canadiens' 5-3 win against the Islanders at Barclays Center on Friday.

Holloway, who led St. John's with 20 points in 18 games, was selected by Los Angeles in the third round (No. 84) of the 2006 NHL Draft. He played the past four seasons in Europe after three seasons with the Kings' AHL affiliate in Manchester, NH.

The 27-year-old was ecstatic about taking part in his first NHL practice despite an evening and early morning that became a whirlwind after he played St. John's second game in as many nights against Syracuse on Saturday.

"I just got called into the office and they said, 'You're on the 5 o'clock flight (Sunday) morning. Go home, get some sleep and get packed,' so it was pretty shocking, just the way it happened so fast," said Holloway, who will not play Sunday. "Just going out and calling my dad, it was a pretty proud moment."

Andrighetto, who had two goals and one assist in 12 games with the Canadiens last season, was recalled from St. John's on Friday after he scored two goals, including one in overtime.

"He's a guy with a great skill set that can hop in and play different roles, so it's exciting to see him get an opportunity here," Montreal captain Max Pacioretty said after the morning skate.

The 22-year-old Swiss forward had six goals and nine assists in 17 games with St. John's.

"I don't feel any pressure," Andrighetto said. "I'm coming in here and I'm trying to keep playing my game, that's bringing speed on the line, and I'm really excited to play with these two guys [Sunday]."

The Canadiens placed center Torrey Mitchell on injured reserve Saturday because of a lower-body injury he sustained during a 3-2 loss against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

Carey Price will make his second consecutive start for Montreal after missing nine games because of a lower-body injury. It will be Price's first start at home since Oct. 24.

Goalie Thomas Greiss will start for the Islanders (10-7-3) after a strong relief effort in New York's 5-3 loss to the Canadiens at Barclays Center on Friday. He made 15 saves on 16 shots over the final two periods after replacing Jaroslav Halak, who allowed three goals on 11 shots in the first.

"Just a coach's decision," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said after the morning skate. "We've got a lot of games coming up here, too. We don't really normally set a schedule moving forward, but next week coming up we have an idea of what we want to do."

The loss was the Islanders' second against Montreal in November, and its fifth in a row to the Canadiens.

New York captain John Tavares said a strong start will be crucial against Montreal.

"Well they work hard, there's no question about it," Tavares said. "They're very consistent with that and they play a very good structured game as well. They don't veer too much off of that and they're very good at home in their building so I don't know exactly what it's been but it would be a good time (Sunday) to get back in the win column and it starts off with obviously a much better first period."

Here are the projected lineups:


Brock Nelson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo

Anders Lee - Frans Nielsen - Josh Bailey

Nikolay Kulemin - Mikhail Grabovski - Taylor Beck

Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy - Travis Hamonic

Calvin de Haan - Johnny Boychuk

Brian Strait - Adam Pelech

Thomas Greiss

Jaroslav Halak

Injured: Eric Boulton (lower body), Thomas Hickey (lower body)

Scratched: Jean-Francois Berube, Marek Zidlicky, Steve Bernier


Max Pacioretty - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher

Lars Eller - Alex Galchenyuk - Sven Andrighetto

Tomas Fleischmann - David Desharnais - Dale Weise

Paul Byron - Brian Flynn - Alexander Semin

Andrei Markov - P.K. Subban

Nathan Beaulieu - Jeff Petry

Tom Gilbert - Greg Pateryn

Carey Price

Mike Condon

Injured: Alexei Emelin (lower body), Torrey Mitchell (lower body), Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body)

Scratched: Jarred Tinordi, Bud Holloway

Status report: Capuano inserted Pelech into the lineup in place of Zidlicky, and Beck in place of Bernier. "A few lineup changes for us [Sunday] just to change some things up. I don't want guys to sit too long." ... Emelin skated Sunday, but will miss his fifth straight game. ... Tinordi has yet to play this season.

Who's hot: Tavares has four goals and three assists in his past five games. ... Gallagher's seven-game point streak began with a goal and an assist against the Islanders on Nov. 5. He has four goals and five assists during the streak, his longest in the NHL. ... Petry had his first career two-goal game on Friday.

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