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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens: Lines and Game Discussion

Canes to keep rolling with what has worked over the past two games as they hosted an injury-riddled Habs club.

Jamie Kellner

Fresh off of their holiday break, the Carolina Hurricanes look to win their third consecutive game as they host the Montreal Canadiens tonight at PNC Arena.

The Hurricanes have not only won their past two games, they’ve done so in convincing fashion, taking down the Nashville Predators and Buffalo Sabres after one of their most embarrassing performances in recent years up in Toronto last week.

For that reason, the Canes will ice the same lineup for the third straight game, a lineup that was described by Bill Peters this morning as their “best lineup” right now.

Haydn Fleury and Josh Jooris will be healthy scratches yet again and Cam Ward will be in net. Here’s how the rest of Carolina’s lineup will shake out.

Sebastian Aho - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Jeff Skinner - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Brock McGinn - Derek Ryan - Justin Williams
Joakim Nordstrom - Marcus Kruger - Phil di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Klas Dahlbeck - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward
Scott Darling

After a woefully disappointing start their season, the Montreal Canadiens have reached a relatively respectable level of play as of late, but they are still experiencing their fair share of issues.

Injuries are one of them, as Shea Weber, Ales Hemsky, David Schlemko, and Al Montoya all couldn’t travel with the team on their current three-game road trip due to health concerns.

Carey Price will get the nod in net for the Habs, and while the former Vezina winner has been unspectacular this season (.904 save percentage in 23 appearances), he has a remarkable track record against the Hurricanes. In 22 games against the club, he has a 14-6-2 record with a .934 save percentage and three shutouts.

Here’s how Montreal’s forward lines and defensive pairings will look at puck drop tonight.

Max Pacioretty - Jonathan Drouin - Paul Byron
Alex Galchenyuk - Phillip Danault - Andrew Shaw
Artturi Lehkonen - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Nicolas Deslauriers - Byron Froese - Daniel Carr

Karl Alzner - Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn - Jakub Jerabek
Joe Morrow - Brett Lernout

Carey Price
Antti Niemi