MIN@MTL: What you need to know

MONTREAL — The Canadiens (3-3-0) will look to end their home game streak on a high when they host the Wild (1-3-1) at Bell Center tonight.

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Here’s what you need to know before playing the game:

1. The Canadians’ two-game winning streak was cut short by a 5-2 loss to the Stars on Saturday night. Joe Pavelski’s hat-trick was the crucial difference for the visitors. Mike Hoffman and Arber Xhekaj scored for Montreal while Jake Allen conceded five goals in 30 shots. Xhekaj’s goal was his first in the NHL. He also received an assist for Hoffman’s goal of recording his first multi-point game of his career.

Video: MTL Recap: Xhekaj scores his first career goal in a 5-2 loss

2. The captain Nick Suzuki will be looking to extend their points streak to five games in a row tonight. He has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) since the start of the season, up two points Cole Kaufield. Unfortunately the beginner Juraj Slafkowski didn’t train on Monday. He had to pass medical tests related to the upper-body injury that forced him to miss the Dallas game. Head coach Martin St-Louis could give an update on Slafkovsky’s health after the morning’s training session.

Video: DAL@MTL: Xhekaj shoots from the top of the zone

3. The Wild were in action on Saturday night as they lost 4-3 in overtime to the Bruins at TD Garden. Taylor Hall scored a power play goal with 10.1 seconds left in overtime to give Boston the win. Jared Spurgeon had a goal and an assist, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 38 saves for Minnesota. Mats Zuccarello had two assists to bring his points streak to five early in the season. Zuccarello leads the Wild with 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) while Kirill Kaprizov is second with eight points (4 goals, 4 assists).

4. The Bell Center will be decked out for an early Halloween celebration and fans are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes for the occasion. Spectators with the best costumes will receive Tricolore Sports gift cards. It’s also a university evening, moderated by Desjardins. Students at participating universities can purchase 400 level tickets for all Monday and Tuesday home games for just $49. One free drink is included with each ticket. Desjardins members also receive a free bag of popcorn.

5. The puck drop will take place at 7:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on TV on TSN2, Bally Sports North, Bally Sports Wisconsin and RDS or hear it on the radio on TSN 690 and 98.5 fm. click here Buy tickets for the game.

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