Campoli returns against Isles on TSN Habs, TSN Radio 990

The Sports Network
12/13/2011 2:23:51 PM
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(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will have Chris Campoli back for the first time since their season opener when they host the New York Islanders tonight.

Campoli tore his hamstring on Oct. 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. To make room for him on the blue line, Alexei Emelin will be made a healthy scratch.

Catch the action regionally on TSN Canadiens beginning at 7:30pm et/8:30am pt. The game can also be heard live on TSN Radio 990 and TSN.ca/Montreal.

The Canadiens notched a 2-1 regulation win in New Jersey on Saturday, giving the Habs just their second win in eight trips to the ice. Montreal will now get a chance to record back-to-back victories for the first time since defeating Phoenix and Nashville on Nov. 10 and 12, respectively.

Carey Price was a big part of Montreal's recent win over the Devils, as he made 28 saves and denied Zach Parise on a penalty shot in the final minute of regulation to help seal the win.

Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges was whistled for covering the puck in the crease with 49.4 seconds remaining and Montreal holding a tenuous 2-1 lead. Parise came up slowly on the penalty shot, and his backhand stayed on the ice, allowing Price to kick save the attempt with his left leg.

Erik Cole scored the eventual game-winner and assisted on Max Pacioretty's second-period tally.

Tomas Kaberle also had two assists in his Montreal debut after coming over to the Habs from Carolina in a trade on Friday. Kaberle was acquired for fellow Czech defenseman Jaroslav Spacek and the Canadiens are counting on the former Maple Leafs to help their sagging power play. Montreal went 1-for-5 on the man advantage on Saturday and is ranked 28th in the league on the man advantage.

"[Kaberle is] going to help us out a lot on the power play," Pacioretty said after Saturday's game. "I didn't know how good his patience was."

Montreal captain Brian Gionta missed Saturday's game with an arm injury will sit out again tonight.

The Habs are kicking off a three-game homestand and are just 4-5-6 as the host this season. They will also welcome Philadelphia and New Jersey during the residency.

The Islanders enter tonight on a two-game skid after dropping the final two tests of a three-game homestand. New York, which is last in the Atlantic Division, is just 3-5-3 on the road this season compared to a 6-7-3 mark on Long Island.

New York's latest setback came Saturday against Pittsburgh, as James Neal scored twice and Steve Sullivan added a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win for the Penguins.

David Ullstrom, Milan Jurcina and Kyle Okposo tallied for the Islanders, while Al Montoya stopped just 25-of-31 shots in the loss. The Islanders were actually up 3-2 in the second period, but the Penguins scored four unanswered goals in the final 31:16 of regulation.

"After they got that tying goal and fourth goal, we never responded the way we started the game," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said.

The Isles have won three straight against the Canadiens, including a 4-3 regulation decision at home on Nov. 17. New York snapped a three-game slide at the Bell Centre with a win on Feb. 10 of last season.

Chris Campoli (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)


(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

TSN's Game Notes

NYI are 1-0-0 vs MTL this season, winning at home

MTL was 1-0-1 at home vs NYI last season

MTL has gone 8-1-3 at home vs NYI since the lockout, NYI loan regulation win in Feb 2007

MTL has gone 2-0-3 over their past 5 games, all

MTL has gone 0-1-3 over their past 4 home games, going 0/15 on the PP

Cole has 2G, 2A over the past 2 games

NYI are coming off a 1-1-1 home stand, going 3/18 on the PP

NYI have gone 3-0-1 over their past 4 road games, going 12/13 on the PK

Grabner and Hamonic both have 1G, 1A over past 2 games

For games notes for all of tonight's games, click here.

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