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Habs head to the Island to start a 5 game road swing and to prove to kids everywhere that they're (for) real.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

It's fitting that I'm on Cape Breton Island for this game. As a kid in the 80s growing up in CB, my family had a Coleco Power Play table top hockey game featuring the Islanders of the Long Island Lighting Company days and the Flyers of the Brian Propp days (sadly no cooperalls). That game left a pretty big impression on me, to the point where I always saw the Islanders as the more respectable Big Apple franchise. Then the days of the Highliner fishing captain came and wiped all that out.

The Islanders of 2014-15 are not the Long island Lighting Company, but they're also not the Milbury Islanders either. What they are is a very good team. The last time the Habs played the Isles, the defense looked more like a unit of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers than it did of the Islanders. Thomas Hickey and Travis Hamonic were the top pairing. Funny how trading for a ready made top pairing (Leddy and Boychuk), taking a gamble at the draft (de Haan), and convincing agent zero Neil Sheehy that Long Island isn't so bad (Visnovsky) can remake a lacklustre D. Funny enough the first round pick the Islanders gave up to move up to draft de Haan was used by the Minnesota Wild to draft Leddy.

The Hab start a five game road swing tonight. Their next game is on the 29th so this is just a chance to test the road waters before the holiday break. The Habs are firing on all cylinders lately so this should be a good test  to see if the Hab are for real as we near the end of 2014.

Chad Johnson will start for the Islanders and Price will counter for the Canadiens.

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM ET (8:30 PM in Newfoundland). You can watch:

In Habs' Region (English):
In Habs' Region (French): RDS
In the Islanders' Region: MSG-2
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Alex Galchenyuk Brendan Gallagher
Sven Andrighetto
Tomas Plekanec Jiri Sekac
David Desharnais Lars Eller
PA Parenteau
Brandon Prust
Manny Malhotra Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Sergei Gonchar
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Goaltenders
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Michael Bournival, Mike Weaver, Bryan Allen

As for the Isles, here's how they're looking on Long Island:

New York Islanders Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Josh Bailey John Tavares
Kyle Okposo
Mikhail Grabovski
Frans Nielsen Nikolay Kulemin
Anders Lee Brock Nelson Ryan Strome
Matt Martin
Casey Cizikas Cal Clutterbuck
Left Defense
Right Defense
Nick Leddy
Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan
Travis Hamonic
Thomas Hickey Lubomir Visnovsky
Goaltenders
Chad Johnson
Kevin Poulin

Scratched: Matt Donovan, Brian Strait, Eric Boulton, Jaroslav Halak

Injured: Matt Carkner, Michael Grabner

Check out the opposing side at Lighthouse Hockey