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Montreal looks to end eight-game winless streak; Greiss expected in goal for New York

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

ISLANDERS (18-5-2) at CANADIENS (11-10-6)

7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will try for their first win in nine games when they play the New York Islanders at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

The Canadiens are 0-5-3 in their past eight while being outscored 38-20. It's their longest winless streak since going 0-6-2 with one tie from Feb. 18 to March 8, 2003.

Goalie Thomas Greiss is expected to start for the Islanders after Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves in a 4-1 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. New York is 17-2-2 in its past 21 games.


Players to watch

Islanders forward Anders Lee has scored goals in consecutive games after having none in his previous 11.

Canadiens forward Joel Armia has a three-game goal streak and is tied with Brendan Gallagher for the team lead with 10 goals.


They said it

"It's going to be a tough one. It's a tough building to play in and they're going to come after us pretty hard." -- Islanders captain Anders Lee

"Right now, I think in order to turn things around you need to play really, really well and we're going to need a little bit of puck luck. I've won a Stanley Cup (with the Boston Bruins in 2011) and I can stand here and tell you that had we not had any puck luck, we wouldn't have won a Stanley Cup. So that's part of the game, and there are certain things you can control, and certain things you can't. All we can control right now is our effort and then playing well and hoping that along the way maybe the bounce goes your way versus against you." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien


Islanders projected lineup

Anders Lee -- Mathew Barzal -- Josh Bailey

Anthony Beauvillier -- Brock Nelson -- Derick Brassard

Leo Komarov -- Otto Koivula -- Jordan Eberle

Matt Martin -- Casey Cizikas -- Cal Clutterbuck

Nick Leddy -- Johnny Boychuk

Adam Pelech -- Ryan Pulock

Devon Toews -- Scott Mayfield

Thomas Greiss

Semyon Varlamov

Scratched: Ross Johnston, Michael Dal Colle, Noah Dobson

Injured: Tom Kuhnhackl (lower body)


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki

Nick Cousins -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia

Matthew Peca -- Nate Thompson -- Jordan Weal

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Gustav Olofsson -- Cale Fleury

Carey Price

Cayden Primeau

Scratched: Mike Reilly, Charles Hudon

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Paul Byron (knee), Victor Mete (ankle)


Status report

The Islanders did not hold a morning skate. … Primeau and Peca were recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League on Monday. Primeau will make his NHL debut in one of two straight sets of back-to-back games this week, Julien said.


Stat pack

The Islanders' 18 wins in their first 25 games matches a team record set in 1978-79. They are 14-0-1 in their past 15 against Eastern Conference opponents. … Price needs one shutout to tie Ken Dryden (46) for third place in Canadiens history. He is two wins from tying Nikolai Khabibulin and Gump Worsley (333) for 24th in NHL history.

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