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Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes come off of a deflating loss in Pittsburgh to take on the Montreal Canadiens in Quebec.

Jamie Kellner

The Canes look to get back on track tonight as they take on the Montreal Canadiens in enemy territory, their first and only visit to Quebec this season. (Really.)

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 Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

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

  • The Hurricanes trail all-time with a 69-102-25-1 record, including a 28-58-10-1 record in Montreal.
  • Tonight’s game marks the second of three matchups between the sides this season. The Hurricanes won the first game of the season by a score of 3-1 in Carolina on December 27th. They will meet again for the final time this season next Thursday in Raleigh.
  • The Canes won the 2016-17 season series with a 2-1-0 record.
  • Jeff Skinner has registered 16 points (10g, 6a) in 23 career games against the Habs. The winger has also recorded a point in five of his last seven games against Montreal.
  • In an effort to jinx the PK unit tonight, I offer this statistic: the Canes are 24-for-24 on the penalty kill in their last 12 games against Montreal.
  • Tonight is another Fox Sports Southeast game. Head this way to find out where to see the game.

Storm Advisory

  • Lee Stempniak has made a very welcomed return to the Hurricanes roster. [North State Journal]
  • The Hurricanes desperately need to find a solution for Scott Darling. [The Technician]
  • The newly anointed Canes owner has brought a great deal of optimism to the franchise. [NHL]
  • Hurricanes in-game host Mike Maniscalco unexpectedly lost his radio job two summer ago. He’s now working his dream job with the Carolina Hurricanes. [Sports Channel 8]