GAME DAY — Canadiens at Islanders, 7pm

habsMontreal Canadiens at New York Islanders, 7:00pm ET
Uniondale, NY — Nassau Coliseum — MSG+
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The Canadiens visit the Coliseum tonight for the second time this year in what will be the third and final meeting between the teams in the shortened season. The teams last met a little over two weeks ago on March 5th and the Islanders won that game 6-3. Since that game, Montreal has been on a tear, winning five in a row until finally losing in overtime in Buffalo on Tuesday. In fact, if you take away the 6-3 loss at the Coliseum, the Habs haven’t lost in regulation since February 9th. In that time, the Islanders have an OT win and a regulation win against the Habs. The Islanders are the only team that seems to be able to solve Montreal, and they’ll try and do so again tonight (some habs fans are also wary of Matt Moulson, who has three goals against Montreal this season).

For the Islanders, Kevin Poulin will be released from the bench and will get his second start of the year in net, breaking Evgeni Nabokov’s 10-game starting streak. Also returning to the lineup will be Michael Grabner and Matt Carkner, in for Eric Boulton and Radek Martinek. It’s hard to tell where Grabner will fit into the lineup; one would think he won’t be on the fourth line where Boulton was. Capuano didn’t say where Grabner would go at practice today, so we’re just going to go with a Choose Your Own Adventure bottom six:

TONIGHT’S LINES
Moulson – Tavares – Boyes
Bailey – Nielsen – Okposo
Martin, Reasoner, Cizikas, McDonald, Aucoin, Grabner

Hamonic – MacDonald
Streit – Carkner
Hickey – Visnovsky

Poulin
Nabokov

Healthy scratches:
Martinek, Boulton, Finley