RALEIGH - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Hurricanes at PNC Arena.
1. The Habs are looking to put a halt to a two-game losing streak that started after the Christmas break. Claude Julien's squad suffered a 5-4 loss to the Lightning in their first game in the State of Florida on Saturday, before enduring a 6-5 loss to the Panthers on Sunday night at the BB&T Center. Montreal managed to overcome a 2-0 Panthers lead with goals from Tomas Tatar and Jeff Petry, but Florida replied with four straight goals to get the win. Max Domi, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Shea Weber were the other goal-scorers for Montreal. In goal, Carey Price stopped 28 of the 34 shots he faced.
2. Nick Suzuki's performance in the loss to the Panthers stood out as a bright spot. The Vegas Golden Knights' first-round pick (13th overall) in 2017 finished the night with three assists, and extended his points streak to five games in the process. He has one goal and eight points during the stretch. Meanwhile, Domi lit the lamp for a fifth straight game and extended his own points streak to six games on Sunday.
3. Following Tuesday's morning skate, the head coach confirmed that Charlie Lindgren would get the start for the Canadiens. Julien also stated that forward Lukas Vejdemo would make his NHL debut, playing on a line with Nate Thompson and Jordan Weal. Meanwhile, Ryan Poehling earned himself a promotion to the third line alongside Kotkaniemi and Nick Cousins.
4. The Hurricanes won their last game 6-4 over the Washington Capitals. In the win, forward Warren Foegele led his team with two goals and one assist. Goaltender Petr Mrazek made 25 saves in the win. Forward Andrei Svechnikov (17G, 21A) and Teuvo Teravainen (7G, 31A) lead the Canes with 38 points each, with defenseman Dougie Hamilton in second with 36 points (13G, 23A).
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on TSN2 and RDS on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio. The Canadiens are back at home on Thursday to take on the Lightning at the Bell Centre.