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The Montreal Canadiens are heading to Long Island to face the Islanders tonight. On the sidelines of this meeting, the host team will pay tribute to the legend Mike Bossy, at the UBS Arena.
Our late colleague, who died following a battle with cancer lung on April 15, played 10 seasons with the “Islands”.
One of the most popular athletes of his generation, No. 22 won the Stanley Cup four years in a row with the organization during the franchise's dynasty, setting several records that endure.
The Bossy family and Lung Cancer Canada will launch the Mike Bossy Memorial Fund for the occasion. This initiative aims to increase support, “awareness and education in French for lung cancer screening in Quebec”.
The Islanders are fundraising with the 50/50 draw and will donate all proceeds to the Fund.
The CH goes for 2
Building on its 4-3 victory against the Nashville Predators on Thursday, the CH will try to win a third game in four outings. Before being caught in the tentacles of the Seattle Kraken on Monday, Martin St. Louis' men had frustrated the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Center.
Over the past five games, Jonathan Drouin was the most productive of his team with five points, including two on the massive attack. Cole Caufield is hot as a stove with four goals in this period.
Jake Evans, who is coming out of his shell offensively these days, has also had four points since Jan. 3.
Winning on the road
On the road, the Habs' last win dates back to December 19 in Arizona. Almost a month later, they cross swords with a team trying to get back on track after a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).
This 175th meeting between the two clubs marks the first of three duels this season. In the three games opposing them in 2021-2022, the Islanders collected at least one point each night (2-0-1).
At the last meeting, on April 15, Brock Nelson , Noah Dobson and Zach Parise scored in a 3-0 win in Montreal.
The Isles have only faced Atlantic Division teams four times in the past last two months, but they have collected at least one point each time (3-0-1), outscoring their four opponents (Ottawa, Toronto, Boston, Florida) 15-9 in goals.
A first for Romanov
This will be defender Alexander Romanov's first game against his former team. Selected by the Canadian in the second round (38th overall) in the 2018 draft, the Muscovite was traded to Long Island on the evening of the amateur auction at the Bell Center in the three-club transaction that brought Kirby Dach with the Bleu- white-red.
Romanov set a career-high against Minnesota on Thursday, recording his 14th point of the campaign. The 23-year-old has blackened the scoresheet in four of the Islanders' last six wins.
The Russian has played in 133 games, recording 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) over two seasons with Montreal. He was a member of the Canadiens team that reached the Stanley Cup final in 2021.
MacKinnon and McDavid on TVA Sports 2 in a doubleheader
Simultaneously, on TVA Sports 2, we present to you the duel between the Ottawa Senators and the Avalanche live from Colorado.
Les Sens (19-19-3 ) are only ahead of CH in the Atlantic standings and looking up. They have just collected at least one point in six of their last 10 games.
The Avalanche (20-17-3) have an urgent need to win. With a total of 43 points, Jared Bednar's squad ranks sixth in the Central Division, seven points behind third place. The Denver team has won just three of its 10 most recent outings.
After this game, Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers will be in action against the Vegas Golden Knights.
The Oilers (23-18-3) will be aiming for a third straight victory for the occasion.
The Golden Knights (28-13-2) sit enthroned in the Pacific Division with 58 points , two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings with two games in hand on the latter.
Like Vegas, Edmonton is playing better on the opposing rinks than at home this season, as evidenced by its record of 13 -7-1.