Game Preview: Canadiens (36-38-6) vs. Hurricanes (35-29-16)
TV: RDS, SNE 7:00 p.m.
The Habs head to Raleigh, North Carolina for the team’s final road-trip of the 2015-16 regular season.
A night of firsts on Tuesday evening at the Bell Centre featured John Scott’s first match in a Montreal Canadiens jersey and rookie defenseman Ryan Johnston’s first career game in the NHL. Alex Galchenyuk scored the lone goal for the Habs in the 4-1 loss, which puts him in sole possession of the team lead in goals with 28.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday night in Boston, the Hurricanes and Bruins required a five-round shootout to settle the score. Rookie Noah Hanifin’s shootout winning goal would give the Hurricanes a 2-1 road victory and would give Cam Ward his 23rd victory on the season.
Following Wednesday’s skate in Brossard, coach Michel Therrien confirmed that 22-year-old netminder Charlie Lindgren will suit up for his first career NHL start in goal on against the Hurricanes.
With regards to injury updates, the Canadiens organization announced on Wednesday morning that Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Mark Barberio, Victor Bartley and Lucas Lessio will not return to action this season. And in terms of lineup changes, Mike Brown will be back in the coach Therrien's formations on Thursday, while Stefan Matteau and Brian Flynn will be the night’s scratches.
With the season series deadlocked at one game apiece, Thursday night’s winner will own bragging rights heading into 2016-17.