Game Thread: Habs Visit Isles

MONTREAL, CANADA - DECEMBER 13: Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders strips the puck from Mathieu Darche #52 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on December 13, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Islanders 5-3. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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The Montreal Canadiens get another opportunity to play leapfrog in the Eastern Conference standings, as they visit the New York Islanders.

A win could move them into 11th place, depending on what the Tampa Bay Lightning do tonight. Both the Islanders and Lighting have two games in hand over Montreal.

The Islanders are 6-2-2 in their last ten games, coming off a 1-0 shootout win over the Flyers, Tuesday night.

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has been a big part of the Islanders' recent success, winning seven of his last nine starts, while allowing just a single goal or less in six of them.

The Russian netminder has faced just two shots against the Habs this season, stopping both. His only appearance came was a less than eight minute relief of injury prone Rick DiPietro, in the Islanders 4-3 win back in October. Nabokov is 5-2-0 (2.81, .893) in his career versus the Canadiens.

Update: Aaron Palushaj, just called up, is a healthy scratch.

MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Erik Cole - David Desharnais - Max Pacioretty

Rene Bourque - Lars Eller - Louis Leblanc

Travis Moen - Tomas Plekanec - Mathieu Darche

Double shift - Scott Gomez - Andrei Kostitsyn

Defensemen

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Tomas Kaberle

Hal Gill - Raphael Diaz - Chris Campoli

Goalies

Carey Price - Peter Budaj

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NEW YORK ISLANDERS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Matt Moulson - John Tavares -Kyle Okposo

Michael Grabner - Frans Nielsen - P.A. Parenteau

Matt Martin - Josh Bailey - Rhett Rakhshani

Tim Wallace - Jay Pandolfo - Nino Niederreiter

Defensemen

Andrew MacDonald - Dylan Reese

Mark Streit - Steve Staios

Mark Eaton - Aaron Ness

Goalies

Evgeni Nabokov - Al Montoya

Canadiens vs Islanders coverage

SBN Islanders Coverage from Lighthouse Hockey

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