It's been almost one month since Mike Cammalleri's violent slash on rookie Nino Niederreiter that earned the Canadiens forward a one-game suspension to begin the season.
Facing Niederreiter for the first time tonight since their pre-season scuffle October 2, Cammalleri said he's unsure whether to expect any retaliation from Niederreiter or the Islanders.
"I honestly have no idea. Whatever happens, happens," he said after the team's morning skate. "I think [the media] is hoping something happens. You guys are all egging it on."
When asked about the reputation Niederreiter has earned as a physical, chippy player, Cammalleri said he didn't know who the 18-year-old rookie was when the incident occurred.
"At the time I didn't know who the player was at all," he said. "Nothing wrong with playing a chippy game, that's part of the game. Everybody's got their roles to play."
Cammalleri, who has three goals and three assists in seven games this season, said the focus for him reamins on the game tonight rather than the residual bad blood that may exist between the two players.
"I'm just preparing for this game. It's not about me or one player on their team. There are much bigger things so I've been preparing it just like any other game."