The Montreal Canadiens have been without reigning Hart Trophy winner Carey Price in nets for the past nine games, but the Habs will get their star player back Friday when they visit the New York Islanders. This could be a good spot for Price to return, as the Canadiens are 7-1 in their last eight games against the Isle.
Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty extended his six-game scoring streak in a loss to the Arizona Coyotes Thursday. Pacioretty now has three goals and five assists in the past six games. The Habs beat the Islanders 4-1 when they met earlier this month on the back of goaltender Mike Condon who made 17 saves.
Kyle Okposo has been the focal point of the Islanders attack lately, with the winger tallying five assists in the past three games. The Isles have had a difficult time scoring against the Canadiens, with the team scoring one or fewer goals in four of their past five against Montreal.