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CAR@MTL: Five things you need to know

The Canadiens welcome captain Shea Weber back into the lineup on Tuesday night as they battle the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Bell Centre.

1. Defenseman Shea Weber returns to the Canadiens' lineup on Tuesday night after spending over 11 months on the sidelines with foot and knee injuries, both of which required surgery. It will mark his first game since December 16, 2017, as well as his first game as captain. Weber, of course, was named the 30th captain in franchise history on October 1. The veteran rearguard's return comes at a good time, as the Habs look to snap a four-game losing streak against the Carolina Hurricanes. In their most recent outing, Claude Julien's troops paid the price for taking a penalty late in the third period, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Boston Bruins over the weekend. Tomas Tatar became the third Hab to reach double-digits in goals in the loss, joining Max Domi and Brendan Gallagher. For his part, Andrew Shaw extended his point streak to three straight games with an assist on a highlight-reel tally by Jonathan Drouin. 

Video: BOS@MTL: Drouin jets past defenders for terrific goal

2. Weber will make his season debut playing alongside David Schlemko. With his return, the Canadiens placed veteran blueliner Karl Alzner on waivers. Alzner ultimately cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL's Laval Rocket on Tuesday afternoon. The move, indicated Julien, will give the coaching staff an opportunity to take a good look at what newcomer Brett Kulak can bring to the table. Kulak was recalled from the Rocket last week and has played two games with the big club. He will play alongside Jeff Petry against Carolina.

Video: Shea Weber prepares for his return to the lineup

3. Defenseman Jeff Petry, the Canadiens' ambassador for Hockey Fights Cancer, will lead fellow players, as well as Habs coaches and members of team management, in sporting bow ties to Tuesday night's tilt at the Bell Centre in recognition of the fifth edition of PROCURE's Bowvember campaign, which aims to raise awareness and provide the community with the means to better prevent and cure prostate cancer. To donate to PROCURE, click here. Likewise, the Habs' Movember campaign rolls on as well. To visit the Canadiens' Movember page, click here.

4. For their part, the Hurricanes are coming off a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night in Brooklyn. That snapped Carolina's three-game winning streak. Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes with 25 points (7g - 18a) on the year, while Teuvo Teravainen (18 points) and Micheal Ferland (15 points) rank second and third, respectively, in that department. Ferland leads head coach Rod Brind'Amour's contingent with 11 goals. Carolina owns an 11-9-3 record on the year. Curtis McElhinney will get the start in goal.

5. Tuesday night's contest marks the latest in a series of 10 scheduled University Nights at the Bell Centre, providing students enrolled at participating universities the opportunity to purchase tickets in the Coors Light Zone for only $39. The offer includes one Coors Light as well. To purchase University Night tickets, see a list of participating schools, or to become your school's ambassador, click here. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. You can watch all the action on TSN2 and RDS, and listen to the game on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. To purchase tickets to the game, click here.

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