“We're not looking to make changes. The only time we're looking to make changes is if something's not working; right now we like the direction that we're headed in.”
Those were the words from head coach Bill Peters after Thursday’s practice and it rang true at today’s pregame skate. The team enters tonight’s match with the lineup that has resulted in a two-game win streak.
Hurricanes Projected Lineup
Jeff Skinner – Victor Rask – Elias Lindholm
Teuvo Teravainen – Jordan Staal – Sebastian Aho
Lee Stempniak – Derek Ryan – Brock McGinn
Joakim Nordstrom - Jay McClement – Viktor Stalberg
Ron Hainsey - Justin Faulk
Jaccob Slavin – Brett Pesce
Noah Hanifin – Matt Tennyson
Injuries and Scratches: Bryan Bickell (IR multiple sclerosis), Andrej Nestrasil (healthy), Klas Dahlbeck (healthy), Ryan Murphy (healthy)
The Canadiens didn’t hold a pre-game skate this morning, so tonight’s projected lineup is based on how the team lined up in Thursday’s practice. Before the team headed out for Raleigh, head coach Michel Therrien announced Al Montoya will get the start in net tonight. Alexander Radulov remains out of the lineup due to illness and did not travel with the team.
After yesterday’s practice, Charles Hudon was recalled from the St. John’s IceCaps. Hudon is the AHL’s leading scorer with nine goals in 14 games and played in three games for the Habs last season. It’s still to be determined if he will suit up for tonight’s game.
Former Hurricane Chris Terry debuted for the Habs Tuesday night, logging an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Panthers.
Canadiens Projected Lineup
Paul Byron – Alex Galchenyuk – Brendan Gallagher
Max Pacioretty – Phillip Danault – Andrew Shaw
David Desharnais – Tomas Plekanec – Chris Terry
Daniel Carr – Torrey Mitchell – Sven Andrighetto
Alexei Emelin – Shea Weber
Andrei Markov – Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu – Greg Pateryn
Injuries and Scratches: Brian Flynn (upper body), Artturi Lehkonen (lower body), Alexander Radulov (illness), Zach Redmond (foot), Joel Hanley (healthy), Charles Hudon (healthy)
A couple of quick reads and listens to help you get ready for tonight’s game:
- Chris Terry is eager to return to his former hockey home [Canadiens.com]
- Bill Peters spoke to Stellick & Simmer yesterday [SiriusXMNHL].
- If you missed Jeff Skinner’s Canes Corner appearance with Mike Maniscalco last night, here’s a replay [CH.com].
- GREAT feature from Michael Smith on what it means to “Chop Wood, Carry Water” in the locker room this season [CH.com].