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Game Preview: Canadiens vs. Hurricanes

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

HURRICANES (8-18-3) @ CANADIENS (19-10-2)

The Canadiens will be looking for a third consecutive win on Tuesday while the Hurricanes will try to avoid a sixth straight loss when the two teams meet at the Bell Centre.

The Habs are coming off a 6-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday in which Jiri Sekac scored a pair of goals and Carey Price made 44 saves to defeat the reigning Stanley Cup champs.

At practice on Tuesday, head coach Michel Therrien’s lines were unchanged from the team’s last two games. Lars Eller (upper body) and Mike Weaver (concussion) were once again back on the ice with their teammates together with veteran defenseman Bryan Allen, although all three are not expected to play.

Therrien has also confirmed that Price will get the start in goal against the Hurricanes. In 17 career starts opposite Carolina, the 27-year-old goaltender has compiled a 10-5-2 record with a 2.35 GAA and 0.928 save percentage.

On the other side of the ice, offseason head coaching and GM changes have not brought the desired results to a Hurricanes team which currently sits 29th in the NHL with an 8-18-3 record.

Jiri Tlusty, Carolina’s top goal-scorer with 10 this season is questionable for Tuesday’s game after suffering an injury on Saturday.

Likewise, Alexander Semin and Jordan Staal will be out of the lineup as the pair continue to recover from injuries suffered in December and October, respectively.

It’s been a tough start to the season in goal for Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin as well. While Ward has compiled eight wins and a 2.46 GAA so far this year, Khudobin has yet to register a win in nine outings with a 3.11 GAA.

Head coach Bill Peters confirmed that Ward will get the start in goal on Tuesday night.

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