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The Canadiens will wrap up their preseason schedule on Thursday night

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensMTL / canadiens.com

The Canadiens will wrap up their preseason schedule on Thursday night when they play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.

In their last outing on Tuesday, Michel Therrien's troops overcame a two-goal deficit before finally besting the Boston Bruins 4-3 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City. Jeff Petry, Artturi Lehkonen, Alex Galchenyuk and Daniel Carr all managed to put the puck past Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask. Carr's highlight-reel game-winning tally came with less than five minutes remaining in regulation time. For his part, Al Montoya stopped 23 of 26 shots against to earn his third victory in as many starts since the beginning of training camp.

The Bell Centre faithful will have the opportunity to see a complete roster on Thursday night as both Carey Price and Shea Weber will make their preseason debuts following their return from a triumphant run at the World Cup of Hockey. Mike Condon will serve as Price's back-up against Toronto.

Max Pacioretty will not face the Maple Leafs. He is sidelined with the flu. Paul Byron will miss a second straight game with pneumonia, while Brian Flynn was absent from practice on Wednesday after leaving Tuesday night's game with neck pain.

After the decision was made to place Mark Barberio on waivers on Wednesday, eight defensemen remain at training camp, including the Canadiens' most recent first-round selection, Mikhail Sergachev. The 18-year-old Russian rearguard will be in the lineup against Toronto.

The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, will begin a stretch of three games in as many nights on Thursday. After facing off against the Canadiens, they'll play a home-and-home series with the Detroit Red Wings. Toronto was last in action on Tuesday night when they dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Ottawa Senators.

Mike Babcock will have more than a few regulars in his lineup, including Auston Matthews, James van Riemsdyk, Morgan Rielly, Mitch Marner and Nazem Kadri.

The Canadiens will be looking to rebound against the Maple Leafs after falling 3-2 in overtime last Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre.

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