Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Wednesday, October 27th
Game 2: Friday, October 29th
Game 3: Sunday, December 26th
Game 4: Thursday, February 10th

Canadiens 1

(20-14-2, 42 pts)

Islanders 4

(9-18-6, 24 pts)

Coverage: RDS

7:00 PM ET, December 26, 2010

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York

1 2 3 T
MTL 0 0 11
NYI 1 1 24

D. Roloson (Islanders - G): Saves: 38, Save Pct.: .974

J. Wisniewski (Islanders - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

P. Parenteau (Islanders - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Canadiens-Islanders Preview


The New York Islanders haven't experienced much success this season, which includes a coaching change and a franchise-record 14-game losing streak.

If the past week was any indication, they may be headed for a bit of a turnaround.

New York looks to build on a 3-0-1 stretch and beat its second first-place team in four days when it hosts the Northeast Division-leading Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night.

The Islanders (8-18-6) defeated Anaheim, lost to Phoenix in a shootout and beat Southeast co-leader Tampa Bay last week before routing New Jersey 5-1 on Thursday. They're out of the NHL cellar while earning at least a point in four straight games for the first time since Oct. 15-21.

Josh Bailey, playing in his second game since being recalled from the team's minor-league affiliate earlier in the week, scored two goals and added an assist against the Devils. Despite scoring the second-fewest goals in the league, New York has tallied three or more goals in three of four.

"Josh has been excellent since he got back," said coach Jack Capuano, who took over as interim coach Nov. 15 for the fired Scott Gordon. "He went (to AHL affiliate Bridgeport) with the right attitude and did the things we asked him to do.

"What we wanted him to do was have his game carry over when we brought him back and the last two nights he has done that."

John Tavares scored a goal for the second straight night after a nine-game scoreless drought, and Dwayne Roloson made 34 saves for his second straight win. Prior to Wednesday's 2-1 overtime victory against the Lightning, Roloson went 0-11-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average since Oct. 27.

Matt Moulson, who leads the team in goals with 11, took at hard hit in the second period and did not return. His status is uncertain against the Canadiens, who have beaten the Islanders in both meetings this season.

Despite leading its division, Montreal (20-13-2) won for only the second time in seven games Wednesday, 3-2 at Carolina.

Scott Gomez had a goal and an assist for Montreal, which scored the tying and winning goals in the second period while the Hurricanes' Erik Cole served a five-minute major penalty for boarding Jaroslav Spacek, who had two assists.

The Canadiens are 1-2-0 on their season-high seven-game road trip.

"It just shows the team we have," Gomez said. "We've got a lot of veteran guys in here and the young guys are playing great. But when you're going bad, sometimes (giving up) that first goal is just, 'Oh, here we go again.' But we've gone through it all. We know how to win. We've just got to put it together."

Carey Price, who had lost four of five, made 34 saves and likely will start against New York. Price is 2-0-2 with a 2.95 goals-against average in his career against the Islanders.

Montreal swept a home-and-home with New York in October, outscoring the Islanders 8-4.