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Price to start in Montreal home opener; Martinez playing in 500th NHL game for Los Angeles

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

KINGS (1-1-1) at CANADIENS (1-0-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN2, FS-W, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will play their home opener when they host the Los Angeles Kings at Bell Centre on Thursday.

The Canadiens began the season with a two-game road trip, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday and winning 5-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

Goaltender Carey Price will make his third start; he has allowed four goals in two games and has a .917 save percentage.

Defenseman Alec Martinez will play his 500th NHL game for the Kings, who began a four-game road trip against Canadian teams with a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday.

Goaltender Jack Campbell will make his third start for Los Angeles; he has allowed four goals and has a .948 save percentage. No. 1 goaltender Jonathan Quick was placed on injured reserve Sunday with a lower-body injury. 

 

Players to watch

Kings forward Ilya Kovalchuk has three points (one goal, two assists) in three games, including his first NHL goal since 2013 on Tuesday.

Canadiens forward Paul Byron has four points (two goals, two assists) in two games.

 

They said it

"I believe when you play in this building it's a special place to play, there's a great fan base here, there's a lot of energy, and as players we enjoy that. But you look at their team, there's different faces over there but they've got skill, they've got speed, and that's what we expect tonight." -- Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf

"Our style of play shouldn't change throughout the season. We'll make little adjustments for certain things, some teams are bigger, some are faster. We know that we'll have to work hard to get inside against such a big team, but with our speed and determination we should be able to do that." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Ilya Kovalchuk

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Jaret Anderson-Dolan -- Michael Amadio -- Jeff Carter

Kyle Clifford -- Nate Thompson -- Trevor Lewis

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Dion Phaneuf -- Paul LaDue

Jack Campbell

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Oscar Fantenberg, Austin Wagner

Injured: Jonathan Quick (lower body), Dustin Brown (broken finger), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder), Gabriel Vilardi (back)

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Jonathan Drouin -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia

Paul Byron -- Max Domi -- Artturi Lehkonen

Charles Hudon -- Matthew Peca -- Andrew Shaw

Victor Mete -- Jeff Petry

Mike Reilly -- Noah Juulsen

Xavier Ouellet -- Jordie Benn

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Karl Alzner, Tomas Plekanec, Nikita Scherbak

Injured: Jacob de la Rose (cardiac event), Shea Weber (knee), Nicolas Deslauriers (facial fracture), David Schlemko (knee)

 

Status report

Weber skated for 10 minutes Thursday. It was his first time on the ice since he had surgery on his right knee June 19. Julien said his timetable to return has not changed; the Canadiens don't expect him to play until December.

 

Stat pack

Iafallo has four points (two goals, two assists) in three games. … Domi has three assists in two games. ... Drouin needs one assist for 100 in the NHL.

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