Game Nine Preview: Islanders Vs. Habs

Ken BeckettCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2009

MONTREAL- OCTOBER 15:  Mike Cammalleri #13 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche on October 15, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Avalanche defeated the Canadiens 3-2.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens get their first look at number one draft pick John Tavares as the New York Islanders take on the Habs tonight at the Bell Centre.

The Isles got their first win of the season Wednesday night in a 4-3 shootout victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

This will be John Tavares' first time back at the Bell Centre since he was selected first overal in the draft held in Montreal back in June.

Tavares has been impressive on the road for the Islanders with two goals, and 4 points in three road games.

Another player that has lit things up for the Isles has been Tavares' linemate Matt Moulson.

Moulson has been off to a surprising start, registering five goals for nine points.

The Islanders will need their top line of Tavares, Moulson, and Okposo to contribute as veteran leader Doug Weight will miss tonight's game with the flu.

For the Canadiens meanwhile, Jaroslav Halak will get the start in net for a second consecutive game.

Halak was impressive Tuesday night against the Atlanta Thrashers stopping 22 of 23 shots in the 2-1 shootout victory.

Another impressive outing in that game came from the top line of Brian Gionta, Scott Gomez, and Mike Cammalleri.

At times this season, head coach Jacques Martin has split up that line to try and spread the talent over a couple of lines, but he will stick with what's working as that line will play together tonight.

Returning tonight for the Habs is Glen Metropolit. The diminutive forward had been out since October 6th with a rib injury. He is slated to centre the third line alongside Travis Moen and Max Pacioretty.

Montreal and the Islanders met four times last season with both teams getting wins on the road. Both of the Islanders' wins came in overtime.

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lines

Cammalleri - Gomez - Gionta
Kostitsyn - Plekanec - Lapierre
Moen - Metropolit - Pacioretty
Latendresse - Chipchura - D'Agostini

Hamrlik - Spacek
Gill - Gorges
Bergeron - Mara


Gregory Stewart (Healthy)
Georges Laraque (Healthy)

New York Islanders Projected Lines
Moulson - Tavares - Okposo
Bergenheim - Neilson - Comeau
Tambellini - Bailey - Jackman
Thompson - Park - TBD (Lines not set until late afternoon due to Doug Weight's flu)

Streit - Martinek
Sutton - Hillen
Witt - Meyer


Game Time: 7pm EDT on TSN, RDS