SB Nation Rival Blog: Habs Eyes On The Prize
This is the third game in four consecutive nights that the Canes will be playing preseason hockey. After two straight losses in which they gave up five goals in each game, the club will be looking to get on track with a win against the Habs, while the coaching staff continues to evaluate personnel.
The Hurricanes lineup posted on Twitter earlier includes Tuomo Ruutu and Riley Nash, two players who have yet to see preseason action. Ruutu has been healthy so far but is coming off hip surgery during the offseason while Nash suffered a bad cut early during training camp and has been held out of scrimmages and games so far.
I believe this will also be the first game action for Aaron Palushaj and Matt Corrente.
Joining Nash and Ruutu on the forward lines are, Kevin Westgarth, Eric Staal, Drayson Bowman, Zac Dalpe, Jeremy Welsh, Alexander Semin, Zach Boychuk, Aaron Palushaj, Brett Sutter, and Nicolas Blanchard.
The Canadiens will be playing Brandon Prust, Jarred Tinordi, Michael McCarron, Josh Gorges, Alex Galchenyuk, Peter Budaj, Dustin Tokarski, Magnus Nygren, Gabriel Dumont, Sebastian Collberg, Michael Blunden, Michael Bournival, David Desharnais, Christian Thomas, Greg Pateryn, Max Pacioretty, Nick Tarnasky, P.K. Subban, Patrick Holland, and Darren Dietz.
Can Kirk Muller get enough out of this crew to get a win and still evaluate as he needs to? Will Cam Ward begin to round into form? Will some of the youngsters step up and claim a job?
The puck drops at 7:30 and the open game thread will be ready at 7!