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Saturday, December 27th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (16-15-4-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (10-14-8-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will begin a seven-game homestand this evening, when they battle the Montreal Canadiens at Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena.

Carolina has lost two straight after dropping a 3-1 decision to the Buffalo Sabres Friday night. Sean Hill tallied the sole goal for the Hurricanes in the losing effort. All four goals in the game were tallied in the third period.

Hill got the Hurricanes on the board with a slapper from the right circle just over two minutes after Buffalo had gone up by a pair of goals.

Kevin Weekes turned aside 30 shots in net for the Hurricanes.

Carolina has posted a 6-4-5-1 mark at home this season.

The Canadiens are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night at the MCI Center. Peter Bondra scored the winning goal with 54 seconds remaining to lift the Capitals to victory.

Michael Ryder scored the game-tying goal for Montreal midway through the third period, but the Canadiens had their two-game winning streak against the Caps snapped.

Mathieu Garon stopped 19 shots for the Canadiens, who are 2-2-1 in their last five games overall.

Tonight's tilt is the second test of a three-game road trip for Montreal, which is 7-8-1-1 on the road this season.

These teams have played twice this season in a home-and-home series earlier this month. They skated to a 1-1 tie on December 5 before the Habs pulled out a 3-1 victory the following night.

Montreal is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings and is also unbeaten in its previous eight trips to Raleigh (4-0-4).

12/27 10:18:03 ET

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