The Hurricanes had an unfortunate start to their road trip with a loss in Brooklyn. They now have a chance to stay competitive in the Eastern Conference with a win in Montreal.
The big story of the night is the NHL debut of 2016 first-rounder Jake Bean, a 20-year-old defenseman. Bean posted 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in 21 games this season with the Checkers. He’ll man the third pairing with Trevor van Riemsdyk and wear No. 24.
The Canes appear to be reverting back to the old lines, with Warren Foegele listed to start the game on the top line with Jordan Staal and Justin Williams, bumping Brock McGinn back to fourth line duties.
After Scott Darling raised more questions with a 15-for-19 performance in Brooklyn, Carolina will turn back to waiver-wire wizard Curtis McElhinney (6-2-0, 2.25 GAA) to get another win. He’s been spectacular of late, saving 97 of 101 shots he’s faced over his past three starts (.960 SV).
Here’s who will take the ice for Hurricanes:
Warren Foegele - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams
Micheal Ferland - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Lucas Wallmark - Jordan Martinook
Brock McGinn - Victor Rask - Phil Di Giuseppe
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk
Jake Bean - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Montreal has fallen back to earth a little bit after an unexpected hot start to the year. The Canadiens currently hold a four-game losing streak, two of which came in overtime.
Carey Price (7-6-4, 3.16 GAA) appears to be headed toward another down season base on his early play. His save percentage is down to .897, which, if it stood for the season, would make the 2018-2019 season the only in which he posted a sub-.900 percentage.
It will also be the Canes’ first meeting with Tomas Tatar and Max Domi in Canadiens jerseys. The new duo have a combined 45 points in 24 games.
Here’s who to expect tonight:
Jonathan Drouin - Max Domi - Andrew Shaw
Tomas Tatar - Phillip Danault - Brendan Gallagher
Charles Hudon - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Artturi Lehkonen
Kenny Agostino - Michael Chaput - Nicolas Deslauriers
David Schlemko - Shea Weber
Brett Kulak - Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn - Victor Mete