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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

The Hurricanes come off of a deflating loss in Brooklyn three days ago and will try to rebound against a slumping Canadiens team.

The Hurricanes take on the Montreal Canadiens for the first time this season as they look to get back on track after a setback on Saturday night against the Islanders.

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

  • Tonight’s matchup is the first of three between the two sides this season. The Canes will be back in downtown Montreal on December 13th and the Canadiens will be in Raleigh to close out the season in March.
  • The Hurricanes swept the season series last season with a perfect 3-0-0 record.
  • Teuvo Teravainen lead the offensive charge last season with four points (3g, 1a)
  • Assuming he plays, Trevor Van Riemsdyk will appear in his 100th game in a Hurricanes uniform tonight.
  • Some bad news: Brett Pesce’s lower body injury is taking a bit longer than the organization originally expected. Although he is reportedly close, there is no timetable for his return.
  • Haydn Fleury, who suffered a concussion in last week’s win over the Panthers, still hasn’t cleared the protocol.
  • Shea Weber will reportedly make his season debut tonight:
  • If you’re so inclined, tonight is a Cool Bars night at the Carolina Ale House in Garner. Hang out with Stormy and the Storm Squad, win stuff, enjoy an adult beverage, and all the usual trappings.

Storm Advisory

  • ICYMI, the Flyers relieved GM Ron Hextall of his duties as GM. [Flyers]
  • Nicklas Backstrom just hit a major milestone:
  • As did Patrick Marleau:
  • Thirteen years ago this happened:
  • Patrick Laine’s on a historic run. What’s his secret? [NHL]
  • Ilya Kovalchuk is having a tough time in his return to the league. [New York Times]