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Tuesday, March 28th (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (33-32-5) at Montreal Canadiens (35-27-9), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens shoot for their fourth consecutive victory tonight, as they host the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre.

The Canadiens' latest victory came Sunday in Pittsburgh. Chris Higgins and Alex Kovalev scored two goals apiece as Montreal edged the Penguins, 6-5, at Mellon Arena.

Michael Ryder registered a goal and an assist and David Aebischer made 30 saves for Montreal, which has won four of its last five contests. Radek Bonk added his fifth tally of the season and Saku Koivu notched three assists for the Habs.

With 79 points the Canadiens, who are seeking their first set of back-to-back playoff appearances since 1997-98, are currently tied with the Devils for seventh in the East -- three points ahead of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Tonight marks the first of four straight at home for the Habs, who are 19-10-4 as the host team this year.

The Isles, meanwhile, will try to win for the third time in four games. New York last played on Saturday when they notched an easy win over the visiting Atlanta Thrashers. Miroslav Satan and Alexei Yashin tallied a goal and two assists apiece as the Islanders crushed the Thrashers, 5-1, at Nassau Coliseum.

Bruno Gervais added a goal and an assist and Rick DiPietro made 21 saves for the Isles. Sean Bergenheim and Mike York also notched goals for New York.

The Isles currently have 71 points and are ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Montreal is 2-1 against the Islanders this season and has taken four of the last seven meetings.

03/28 10:28:22 ET


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