The Carolina Hurricanes will try to build on the positive energy generated from their key win over the Washington Capitals last night when they take on the visiting Montreal Canadiens tonight at the RBC.
The Canes have now won four of their last five games and have a 5-4-1 record in their last 10 games.
Montreal won last night, but they have been struggling of late. They were shutout three games in a row before defeating Atlanta, 3-1. They have a 4-6-0 record in their last 10.
The Hurricanes have faced their fair share of problems regarding the second games of back-to-back situations. Their record is 6-11-1 overall, including six straight losses. They will be looking to break that streak tonight.
Reports from Carolina media sources indicate that the team will stick with the same lineup they used in Washington. Troy Bodie and Jay Harrison will be scratched. Cam Ward will get the start in net.
Ward has a total of 2006 saves for the season, first in the NHL and his career best. Tonight will also be his 69th start of the season, tying the most he has ever started in his career.
Will Ward face Carey Price or Alex Auld? There has been no word from the Montreal side on any lineup decisions yet.
Just like Washington, (before last night), the Hurricanes have yet to beat the Habs this season, (0-3-0). Can the team crack that goose egg?
Now three points behind the Buffalo Sabres, who sit in eighth place in the conference, it goes without saying that this is another very important game. The Sabres will be playing the New York Rangers at home, also tonight.
Hockeymom's game day guide is now updated and ready for print.
FS Carolina will have the television broadcast starting at 7. We will have the open game thread up and ready to go at 6:30.