NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 3rd (All times eastern)
New York Islanders (24-21-6) at Montreal Canadiens (28-18-6), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens begin a three-game homestand at the Bell Centre this afternoon, when they welcome the New York Islanders to town.
The Canadiens are coming off Thursday's shootout loss in Pittsburgh. Evgeni Malkin scored the game-winning tally in the 5-4 decision for the red-hot Penguins.
Radek Bonk tallied twice for the Canadiens, who have lost two of their last three. Mike Johnson had a goal and an assist, Mathieu Dandenault also scored, and Sergei Samsonov added a pair of assists. David Aebischer blocked 29-of-33 shots in goal.
The Habs, who are 16-7-3 on home ice this year, will host the Penguins on Sunday afternoon in the middle test of the stand.
Montreal currently has 62 points and is tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with Ottawa.
The Islanders were in action Thursday in Atlanta and came away with a 5-2 victory. Viktor Kozlov had two goals and an assist to help New York earn the triumph at Philips Arena.
Miroslav Satan had a goal and two assists and Mike Dunham stopped 30 shots in the win for the Islanders, who have won two of their last three games.
With 54 points, the Islanders are still four points away from the final postseason berth in the East.
The Isles are playing the second segment of a three-game road trip today. They are 12-12-2 as the guest this year.
New York may be without its captain Alexei Yashin today after the Russian center sat out Thursday's game with right knee tendinitis. He is questionable for this afternoon's contest.
Montreal won the only meeting of the year with the Isles on December 7 at Nassau Coliseum and has taken five of seven and six of the last nine in the series.
02/03 10:22:02 ET