While the Habs played one of their better games on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators in a losing effort, the Senators were without two of their most important players in Clarke MacArthur and Mark Stone.
It appeared as though the Canadiens would also face an Islanders team without their best player, as John Tavares was in the midst of a strange sickness that doctors could only label as the flu, but the New York Islanders captain will be back tonight to play for the first time in three games.
The Habs might not necessarily be looking to "bounce back" tonight against the Isles. In Tuesday's loss to the Senators in overtime they recorded 71 shot attempts and 37 shots on net. Mike Condon was excellent once again in his first career loss, making 25 saves, and gave up the overtime goal on a clear-cut three-on-one.
The Canadiens usually play very well against the Islanders, having won all three match-ups last year, each by two goals (6-4, 3-1, 3-1). Tomas Plekanec was the best Hab in those games, having collected five points. It would be great for Plekanec and his linemates to get the scoring touch back tonight, as that line hasn't scored five-versus-five since playing the Buffalo Sabres seven games ago in a 7-2 win.
Without this top-line contribution, the Habs still scored 21 goals, but clearly need their top line to produce, having gone 3-2-1 over their last six.
The puck drops at 7:30PM EST.
How To Watch:
In the Canadiens' region (French): RDS
In the Canadiens' region (English): CITYM
In the Islanders region: MSG+
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice
|Max Pacioretty||Tomas Plekanec||Brendan Gallagher|
|Lars Eller||Alex Galchenyuk||Devante Smith-Pelly|
|Tomas Fleischmann||David Desharnais||Dale Weise|
|Paul Byron||Torrey Mitchell||Brian Flynn|
|Andrei Markov||P.K. Subban|
|Alexei Emelin||Jeff Petry|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Tom Gilbert|
Scratched: Jarred Tinordi, Alexander Semin
Injuries: Carey Price (lower body), Michael Bournival (post-concussion syndrome)
|Anders Lee||John Tavares||Ryan Strome|
|Nikolay Kulemin||Mikhail Grabovski||Brock Nelson|
|Josh Bailey||Frans Nielsen||Kyle Okposo|
|Matt Martin||Casey Cizikas||Cal Clutterbuck|
|Nick Leddy||Johnny Boychuk|
|Calvin de Haan||Travis Hamonic|
|Brian Strait||Marek Zidlicky|
Scratched: Taylor Beck, Thomas Greiss, Steve Bernier
Injuries: Eric Boulton (lower body), Thomas Hickey (lower body)
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