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Game Preview: Hurricanes @ Canadiens

The Habs host the Hurricanes less than a week after visiting Carolina

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CAR (8-6-4) @ MTL (14-4-2) 

The Canadiens wrap up a three-game home stand on Thursday when the Carolina Hurricanes visit the Bell Centre. The Habs won't be back at home until December 8, kicking off a 12-day road trip on Friday.

Nathan Beaulieu will not play on Thursday, nor on Saturday in Detroit. Struck by a puck in the throat on Tuesday against the Senators, Beaulieu will undergo further medical testing before returning to the ice.

Mark Barberio, called up from the St. John's IceCaps on Wednesday, and Greg Pateryn will both be in uniform against the Canes. It will be a 14th game this season with the Habs for Pateryn, and a first for Barberio. The latter played 30 games with Montreal a season ago, and the two should be paired on the blue line on Thursday.

Charles Hudon, meanwhile, will take Daniel Carr's spot in the lineup up front.

Carey Price will be back in goal after falling in regulation for the first time this season on Tuesday.

He should face netminder Cam Ward at the other end of the ice. Ward and the Hurricanes have won their last five in a row -- including last Friday against Montreal -- allowing just five goals over that stretch.

The Hurricanes currently boast a league-best 91.8% penalty kill efficiency, and have not allowed a power play goal during the month of November.

The Habs meanwhile, hold the league's 5th-best power play, with a 23.4% efficiency.

Special teams provided two goals with the man advantage on Tuesday against Ottawa, but the Habs eventually fell 4-3 to the Sens. Andrei Markov picked up three assists in the effort, improving to eight points (1G-7A) in his last five games.

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

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