Tavares had previously missed the Islanders’ last three games when he woke up with an illness on Saturday. New York went 1–2 during Tavares’s absence.
The 25-year-old leads the Islanders in goals (5) and assists (6) so far this season. He is coming off a season in which he finished with career-highs in goals (38) and points (86).
The Islanders (7–3–3) face off against the Canadiens (11–2–1) at the Bell Centre in Montreal at 7:30 p.m ET.
- Kayla Lombardo