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Saturday, October 22nd (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (4-3-0) at Montreal Canadiens (5-2-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders hope to build on a home-and-home sweep of the rival Rangers tonight when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.

The Isles posted a 3-2 shootout win over the Blueshirts on Wednesday, before a 5-4 decision the following evening at Nassau Coliseum. In Thursday's tilt, Mark Parrish scored twice, as the Isles spoiled Jaromir Jagr's hat trick and completed the sweep.

Miroslav Satan, Jason Blake and Arron Asham added goals for the Islanders, who had been winless in their previous ten matches with the Rangers, going 0-8-2 before Wednesday night's victory.

Rick DiPietro, making his second straight start after sitting out the previous two games with a concussion, made 26 saves.

Alexei Yashin posted an assist in Thursday's match, extending his points streak to five games (2g, 4a).

The Islanders will host Atlanta on Tuesday.

Montreal, meanwhile, has won five of its first seven games this season. On Tuesday, Mike Ribeiro and Alexander Perezhogin each scored a power-play goal in the third period to help the Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins, 4-3, at the Bell Centre.

Michael Ryder and Saku Koivu also scored for Montreal, which beat the Bruins for the second time this season after a 2-1 victory in their season-opening meeting. Goaltender Jose Theodore posted 20 saves in the victory. Alex Kovalev notched two assists for the Canadiens, who won for the first time at home this season.

The Canadiens will host Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The Habs and Isles split four meetings during the 2003-04 season.

10/22 10:31:49 ET


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