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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens: Lineup and Game Discussion

Cam Ward’s current team plays Cam Ward’s former team, if you believe Montreal media scuttlebutt. (Which you shouldn’t.)

Jamie Kellner

It took a little while for the Carolina Hurricanes to get their skating legs under them during Tuesday’s win over the Senators, but once they got going in the third period they were as solid as they’ve been at any time in the past month or so. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Bill Peters is keeping things exactly the same tonight, starting the evening with the same lines that finished the game on Tuesday.

That means Cam Ward in net; Phil Di Giuseppe, Josh Jooris and Klas Dahlbeck in the press box; and probably “Brass Bonanza” on the arena PA system.

Here’s how the Canes will line up tonight:

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

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Haydn Fleury - Justin Faulk
Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward
Scott Darling

Scratches: Josh Jooris, Phil Di Giuseppe, Klas Dahlbeck (all healthy)

The last time these two teams got together, all hell broke loose, and the Canadiens are in need of a win to avoid being swept at the hands of the Hurricanes for the first time since 1994. They’re currently ten points out of a playoff spot, have lost two in a row, give up games in hand to almost everyone, and fans are openly asking if Shea Weber should be traded, so things are just going peachy in la belle province at the moment thank you very much.

And we haven’t even mentioned that the Montreal press asked Bill Peters about “rumors” that Cam Ward would be traded to the Habs. I guess when you can’t ask about relocation anymore, just invent something similarly ridiculous and run with it.

Here’s how the Habs will look tonight:

Max Pacioretty - Charles Hudon - Daniel Carr
Arturri Lehkonen - Tomas Plekanec - Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk - Jonathan Drouin - Nicolas Deslauriers
Jacob de la Rose - Byron Froese - Logan Shaw

Karl Alzner - Jeff Petry
Jakub Jerabek - Joe Morrow
Victor Mete - David Schlemko

Carey Price
Antti Niemi