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Carey Price could face former teammate Peter Budaj in goal on Thursday night

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LAK (7-6-0) @ MTL (11-1-1)

The Canadiens will look to make it three in a row when the Los Angeles Kings visit the Bell Centre on Thursday night.

On Tuesday, Paul Byron scored the game-winner against Boston with a minute to go in the third, breaking a 2-2 deadlock to help the Habs improve to 11-1-1. Alexander Radulov picked up a pair of assists in the effort while Carey Price made 41 saves to earn his eighth win of the season

Price will be back between the pipes on Thursday, and could face his former teammate Peter Budaj at the other end of the ice.

Budaj has won seven of the 10 games he's started this season since being called up from the AHL, and has posted an excellent 1.86 goals against average. He hasn't allowed a goal in his last two games, coming off 5-0 and 7-0 wins against Calgary and Toronto, respectively.

Former Hab Tom Gilbert could also be in the lineup for the Kings, having now served the entirety of his three-game suspension.

Sven Andrighetto and Joel Hanley meanwhile will make their 2016-17 Canadiens debuts opposite L.A. in place of David Desharnais and Greg Pateryn.

Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on SN360 and RDS.

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