KINGS (1-1-1) at CANADIENS (1-0-1)
7:30 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN2, FS-W, NHL.TV
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
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
Scratched: Karl Alzner, Tomas Plekanec, Nikita Scherbak
Injured: Jacob de la Rose (cardiac event), Shea Weber (knee), Nicolas Deslauriers (facial fracture), David Schlemko (knee)
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.
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.