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Saturday, October 13th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (3-1-1) at Montreal Canadiens (2-0-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens play their first home game of the season tonight when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Bell Centre.

Montreal began the season with three straight road tilts, going 2-0-1 after defeating Pittsburgh, 3-2, on Wednesday. Andrei Markov put the Canadiens ahead by two in the third period before the Penguins pulled within the final margin.

However, Montreal and rookie netminder Carey Price held on to record the victory, which came in Price's NHL debut. The fifth overall pick in the 2005 draft made 26 saves in the win.

Cristobal Huet had started the first two contests of the season for Montreal, and should be back in net this evening.

Markov and Tomas Plekanec each had a goal and an assist for Montreal, while Alexei Kovalev also found the back of the net.

The game was the first for Montreal this year that didn't go into overtime. The club defeated Carolina 3-2 in overtime on October 3 before falling to Toronto in the extra frame three days later.

The Hurricanes are in the midst of a six-game road swing themselves, and have won the last two games of the trip. That includes a 5-3 win over Ottawa on Thursday, as Erik Cole scored a pair of goals and Chad Larose assisted three times in the win.

Matt Cullen and Rod Brind'Amour also scored for Carolina, while Eric Staal had two assists and put the game away with an empty-net goal. Staal leads Carolina with five goals and eight points this season.

Cam Ward saved 27-of-30 shots in the victory for the Hurricanes, who were coming off Tuesday's lopsided 7-1 victory in Toronto.

On the injury front, defenseman Mike Commodore (hip) is questionable for this evening's game.

Carolina wraps its road trek in Pennsylvania, as they will travel to both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia next week.

Montreal's victory over Carolina last week snapped a three-game losing streak in the series. The Hurricanes, though, have still won seven of the last nine meetings and eight of the last 11. That includes four straight wins in Montreal for Carolina.

10/13 10:32:49 ET


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