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GAME: New York Islanders (4-3-0) at Montreal Canadiens (5-2-0).

TIME: Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT.

The New York Islanders signed free agent Miroslav Satan to boost their offense. The veteran right winger has lived up to expectations thus far.

Satan and the Islanders shoot for their season-high third straight win when they visit the Montreal Canadiens.

Satan scored 194 goals over the previous six seasons - all with the Buffalo Sabres - to rank ninth in the league during that stretch. He is tied with Jason Blake for the team lead with four goals this season, and has 10 goals and 15 assists in 40 career games against Montreal.

Satan was one of five goal-scorers Thursday night in the Islanders' 5-4 win over the Rangers, completing a home-and-home sweep and giving New York its first back-to-back wins of the season.

The Islanders are 3-1 this season when Satan scores, and 1-2 when he doesn't.

New York has struggled in its last 10 visits to Montreal, going 3-7 with four shutout losses.

Montreal is looking to record consecutive home wins for the first time this season. Rookie Alexander Perezhogin scored midway through the third period Tuesday in the a 4-3 win over Boston.

Montreal has won all four of its road games this season, but is just 1-2-0 at the Bell Centre.

The Canadiens are still looking for goals from Alexei Kovalev. The enigmatic wing has just one goal this season, but a team-high eight assists, including three in the win over Boston.

He has failed to record a point in four of his last six meetings with the Islanders. Kovalev, a former Ranger, has 21 goals and 31 assists in 73 career games against New York.

STANDINGS (through Oct. 20): Islanders - 22 points, 1st place (tied), Atlantic Division. Canadiens - 21 points, 2nd place, 2 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders - Blake and Satan, 4 goals; Alexei Zhitnik and Brent Sopel, 5 assists; Alexei Yashin, 7 points; Janne Niinimaa, 18 PIM. Canadiens - Michael Ryder, 4 goals; Kovalev, 8 assists and 9 points; Sheldon Souray, 16 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 20): Islanders - Power play: 15.6 percent (8 for 51), 19th in NHL. Penalty killing: 86.2 percent (50 for 58), 9. Canadiens - Power play: 17.7 percent (8 for 45), 14. Penalty killing: 86.0 percent (43 for 50), 11.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders - Rick DiPietro (3-2-0, 0 SO, 3.06 GAA); Garth Snow (1-1-0, 0, 3.96). Canadiens - Jose Theodore (4-2-0, 0, 3.01); Yann Danis (1-0-0, 1, 0.00).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.

LAST MEETING: March 31, 2004. Islanders, 5-1. At Uniondale, N.Y., Roman Hamrlik and Mark Parrish each scored twice for the Islanders.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders - 2-2-0 on the road; Canadiens - 1-2-0 at home.

Associated Press

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