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Defenseman Shea Weber will make his debut as the 30th captain in the 109-year history of the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday when the Canadiens host the Carolina Hurricanes at Bell Centre.The 33-year-old was named captain in October Roman Josi Jersey , but has been out of the lineup after undergoing offseason knee and ankle surgery. He practiced with David Schlemko as his partner on Monday, was on the first power-play unit and led the team’s stretch at the end of practice. It will be Weber’s first game in almost a year: his last game was Dec. 16, 2017.“I feel good. I feel really good,” Weber told the team’s website after practice Monday. “There were a lot of ups and downs. It’s been a long time. It’s been frustrating, it’s been hard, it’s been grueling, but we’re here. I’m excited right now to get going.”Article continues below ...Weber said it’s been hard to watch his teammates without being able to help. The Canadiens are off to a decent start without him with a 11-8-5 record and were holding the second wild card position in the Eastern Conference on Monday. The Canadiens are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Boston Bruins on home ice Saturday and have slipped to 3-4-3 in their past 10 games, so Weber’s return comes at a good time.“If this was all in the summer, it would be a different story than watching 20 games of your team going to war every night and fighting and battling and not being able to help them,” Weber said. “Obviously, I’m just going to try and keep simple , help out any way I can and hopefully help us move forward.”Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher said Weber’s return has the players as excited as the Montreal fans.“It’s going to be a big boost, but I think we’re all excited to watch him play,” said Gallagher on “He’s one of the best players in our game for a reason. He has been for a long time. Just as a fan of the game, I think you’re excited to see him back on the ice.”With Weber’s return, the Canadiens placed defenseman Karl Alzner and his $4.27 million cap hit on waivers. If he clears at noon on Tuesday, as expected, he will be sent to the Canadiens American Hockey League farm team, the Laval Rocket. Alzner is the defenseman less likely to be claimed on waivers because of his contract.The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-1 loss Saturday to the New York Islanders in Brooklyn, a game in which the Islanders scored on their first two shots of the game. The Hurricanes, who lead the NHL in average shots per game with 39.9, were on their heels against the Islanders and will be looking to change that against the Canadiens.“We just didn’t come ready to go from the get-go. We knew what they were going to do. We talked about it and had a game plan Ryan Johansen Jersey , but from the first shift on, we didn’t do it at all,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour told “It’s a tough one because we wanted to keep moving forward, but, man, I’ve never seen us play that bad. That was really poor, to a man. Each guy — we didn’t come ready to go, and we got what we deserved.“We wouldn’t have beat a minor league team. That’s what we looked like out there tonight. I don’t even think they played well. It was a gross game for two periods. They capitalized on mistakes we gave them, and they hunkered down. They knew we weren’t fighting through anything. We made it pretty easy on them.”The Hurricanes are 4-5-1 on the road.“It wasn’t there (Saturday). We weren’t ready to show up,” Hurricanes forward Lukas Wallmark told “We win together, and we lose together. … We have to be better than that.”The Hurricanes called up defenseman Jake Bean and forward Valentin Zykov from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL on Sunday. If he plays Viktor Arvidsson Jersey , Bean, 20, will make his NHL debut. He was the Hurricanes first pick (No. 13 overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He made his professional debut last spring with the Checkers after a dazzling junior career. The native of Calgary had 196 points (49 goals, 147 assists) in 219 games in the Western Hockey League.Zykov, 23, returns to the Hurricanes after a conditioning assignment. He had three assists in 13 games with the Hurricanes before being sent to Charlotte. When the Los Angeles Kings host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night at Staples Center, they’ll try to pick up where they left off before the Christmas break. The Kings (14-20-3) have collected points in three straight games for the first time this season, beating the visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-1 followed by overtime wins at the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights on consecutive days last weekend.“It’s going to make the break that much better and we feel really good in here,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty told reporters after the win against Vegas on Sunday. “At the same time, we can’t let this break slow down our momentum. We’ve got to carry it through and carry it on after.”Article continues below ...The Coyotes (16-18-2) won two in a row before the break, beating the visiting Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Saturday to end a three-game losing streak before winning a shootout in San Jose on Sunday.“It definitely boosts our confidence Robin Lehner Jersey Womens ,” said Arizona forward Alex Galchenyuk, who scored twice in regulation and had the only goal of the shootout against San Jose. “We’re working hard, playing the right way, executing the game plan. We’re a hard team to beat and we’re creating scoring chances, we’re going to the net and playing solid in our own end. … We’ve got to keep going now. We’re not satisfied. There’s still a lot of games to be played and we’ve got to keep pushing.”The Coyotes have already won at Staples Center this season, beating the Kings 2-1 on Dec. 4.Adin Hill made 25 saves in that game to improve to 4-0-0 in his rookie season, but he has allowed at least three goals in each of his past five starts and was returned to Tucson of the American Hockey League on Monday.Darcy Kuemper likely will get the start against the Kings on Thursday. He earned the win against San Jose after losing his previous six starts, though the Coyotes were held to one goal in four of those outings and two in another.The Kings remain last in the NHL in scoring at 2.30 goals a game, but they’ve done better lately, scoring at least three goals in four straight games for the first time this season.Despite a rocky first three months of the season, Los Angeles is only eight points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.“You never know what can happen ,” Doughty said. “We know that if we can win, let’s say 15 out of 20, 17 out of 20, something like that, we might be back in the picture. You never know, so we’ve just got to control what we’re doing and win some hockey games.”The Coyotes are five points out of the final playoff spot. They also realize they need to keep winning if they hope to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season, when they lost to the Kings in the Western Conference finals.“It’s going to be a big second half for us, a big push mentally,” Arizona coach Rich Tocchet told reporters after the win against San Jose.


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