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

The Hurricanes will ride an eight game point streak into Quebec as they take on the playoff bound Canadiens.

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Carolina Hurricanes (31-27-13) vs Montreal Canadiens (43-21-9)
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2017 - 7:30 pm ET
Bell Centre – Montreal, Quebec
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Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Cam Ward Steve Mason
Category Cam Ward Steve Mason
Record 26-22-12 32-20-5
ES Save % .910 .919
GAA 2.69 2.66

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • Tonight is the last of three meetings this season between the Hurricanes and Canadiens. Each team has won once on its home ice, with the Canes taking a 3-2 win in Raleigh on November 18 and the Habs earning revenge with a 2-1 win the following week.
  • That matchup at PNC Arena is probably better remembered for the circus surrounding a Montreal radio host’s comments about the Hurricanes moving to Quebec City and Canes president Don Waddell’s emphatic denials during a mid-game press conference. In a minor surprise, no such comments have come out this week.
  • The Hurricanes have earned points in each of their last eight games with a record of 5-0-3. Additionally, in the month of March, the Canes are tied for third in the league in points.
  • That said, if the Canes want to keep the streak going, they’ll need to break another one: they haven’t won in Montreal in more than five years, going 0-6-1 since February of 2012.
  • Hurricanes forward Elias Lindholm is tied for ninth in the NHL in assists with 22 since his return from injury on January 10th.
  • Jeff Skinner came onto the Power Play with Scott Laughlin and Boomer Gordon yesterday. If you missed the live stream, here it is:
  • The Canes are a streaky bunch lately. Elias Lindholm is on an eight-game point streak (3g, 6a) to match his team’s point streak. Jeff Skinner (5g, 1a) and Sebastian Aho (1g, 4a) are riding four-game streaks, Jordan Staal (2g, 2a) is on a three-game run, and Teuvo Teravainen has points in two straight games (1g, 1a) as he builds himself a modest point streak to close out the season.
  • The Hurricanes sit seven points out of the WC2 spot occupied by the Bruins, who traded places with the Maple Leafs after Toronto beat the Blue Jackets last night, with 10 games left in the season. Their recent point streak and relatively strong March has kept them in the mix late.
  • Meanwhile, in the advance planning department: Father-Daughter Night is coming up in PNC on April 8th. Fans will receive a unique shirt for attending. Check out more below.