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Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes: Game Preview, Statistics, Notes, How to Watch

The Canes look to make it three in a row and get to hockey .500 against the East’s best.

Jamie Kellner

Montreal Canadiens (13-2-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-6-4)
Friday, November 18, 2016 — 7:30 p.m.
PNC Arena — Raleigh, NC
Fox Sports Carolinas — 99.9 The Fan — WRALSportsFan web and app
SB Nation rival blog: Eyes on the Prize

Vital Statistics

Hurricanes Canadiens
Record 5-6-4 13-2-2
Points 12 18
Division Rank 7th Metro 1st Atlantic
Conference Rank 14th EC 1st EC
Last 10 Games 4-4-2 7-2-1-0
Streak Won 2 Lost 1

Goals/Game 2.53 3.29
Goals Against/Game 3.00 2.18
Shots/Game 30.1 28.4
Shots Against/Game 27.5 32.6
ES Corsi For % 49.2% 53.7%
Faceoff % 53.0% 48.7%
ES PDO 97.7 104.0
Power Play % (Rank) 19.1% (12) 23.5% (6)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 90.5% (1) 82.1% (17)
PIM/Game 07:12 09:56

Goaltender #1 Ward Montoya
Record 4-4-3 3-2-1
ES Save % .913 .926
GAA 2.51 3.14

Goaltender #2 Lack Price
Record 1-2-1 10-0-1
ES Save % .827 .961
GAA 3.79 1.63

Game Notes

  • The Canadiens make their only trip of the season to Raleigh tonight. The two teams will face off at Bell Centre next Thursday, and one more time on March 23 also in Montreal.
  • If it ain’t broke, Bill Peters says, don’t fix it. The Canes plan to roll the same lineup tonight that defeated San Jose 1-0 on Tuesday. Don’t look now, but Cam Ward is riding a 107:58 shutout streak over the last two games, and he will get the start tonight for the Canes.
  • Tonight is the first of the Canes’ eight game Homegrown Series. Foothills Brewing is the night’s beer provider, you can enjoy chicken and waffles at section 109, intermission music is from The Roman Spring, art from Canopy will be on display and you can get yourself a sweet T-shirt from Porchfly:

(You certainly know someone who can use a bunch of squirrels on a T-shirt, so stock up. They’re on sale at the Eye.)

  • The Canes’ mini-hot streak has pulled them out of the Metro basement, ceding that spot to the woebegone Islanders who are now one point behind the Canes and give up a game in hand as well.
  • Last season, the Canes went hockey .500 against the Habs, going 1-1 in Raleigh with a shootout loss in Montreal. Jeff Skinner had four points in his three games against Montreal to lead the Hurricanes, including a two-goal performance in the Canes’ only win against the Habs last December.
  • Assuming Al Montoya starts for the Canadiens tonight—which is expected, what with the Habs hosting the Leafs on Hockey Night in Canada tomorrow night, and let’s be honest, no one tunes into Habs/Leafs on a Saturday night to watch Al Montoya, bless his heart—it will be the fifth straight game the Canes have faced a different Habs goaltender. Last year, the combination of Ben Scrivens, Charlie Lindgren (who?) and Mike Condon went 2-1. The Canes haven’t seen Carey Price since he shut them out 4-0 in March of 2015.
  • Don’t forget: it’s a 7:30 start tonight, so enjoy the extra time you get to stay at work tailgate this afternoon.