The battered New York Islanders will need rookie Mathew Barzal to stay hot as they try for three wins in a row when they play the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night at Bell Centre.
With five regulars out of the lineup, Barzal had his second five-point game of the season on Saturday to power the Islanders (22-18-4) to a 7-2 win over the New York Rangers. Barzal also had five points against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 5 and joined former captain Bryan Trottier as the only Islanders with two five-point games in their rookie seasons.
Barzal, who had two goals and three assists against the Rangers, is playing on a line with wingers Jordan Eberle and Anthony Beauvillier. Shutting down that line, which had 12 points against the Rangers, will be the challenge for the Canadiens.
"(Beauvillier) comes in, works hard, wins all his battles. (Eberle) is making skill plays. And (I'm) a little waterbug out there," Barzal told NHL.com. "Just one of those (days) where everything kind of finds its way into the back of the net." >> Read more
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