Canadiens At Hurricanes: Game Day Preview

MONTREAL, CANADA - NOVEMBER 16: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens stops the puck in front of Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on November 16, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Hurricanes 4-0. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes, (8-11-3) return home to face the Montreal Canadiens, (9-9-3) tonight for a rematch from last week's debacle in which Carolina was handed a 4-0 loss.  Since then, the Canes have put together three solid games -- including two straight wins -- plus a 1-0 loss to Buffalo last Friday.

So, not only will Carolina be looking for redemption against Montreal tonight, they will be looking for their third straight win. 

The lines have remained somewhat stable for the Canes of late.  They are expected to stay the same tonight:

  • Ruutu, Staal, Skinner
  • Ponikarovsky, Jokinen, Tlusty
  • Dwyer, Sutter, LaRose
  • Sutter, Brent, Stewart
  • Harrison, Faulk
  • Gleason, Allen
  • Kaberle, McBain

Cam Ward will get the start in net.

The Canadiens beat the Rangers 4-0 since last week's contest with Carolina, but lost other games to the Islanders and Bruins

Look for Carey Price to be in net for the Habs.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Cam Ward 18 1018 8 8 53 3.12 566 513 .906 1


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Carey Price 18 1086 8 7 38 2.10 462 424 .918 2



This also a homecoming of sorts for Erik Cole, who will be making his first appearance at the RBC since his defection to Montreal over the summer.  Chip Alexander has a story here.

Jay Harrison, Jeff Skinner, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Jussi Jokinen each have two game point streaks.

The game will be televised by FS Carolinas and broadcast by 99.9 The Fan with the puck drop shortly after 7.  We will have an Open Game Thread starting at 6:30 with Cory chiming in for this one.

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