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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens: Game Preview and Discussion

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The Carolina Hurricanes take on the streaking Montreal Canadiens in Raleigh after a big win against Minnesota last night.

Jamie Kellner

The Canes enter the second leg of a back-to-back tonight, one night after a resounding win over the Wild. They take on the Montreal Canadiens, who sit just two points behind Carolina in the second wild card spot.


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 is the Canes’ annual Pride Night, part of the NHL’s Hockey Is For Everyone initiative. Canes defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk will serve as the team’s ambassador and is hyped:
  • The Canes secured a huge win over the Wild last night. Their 19-8-3 record against the Western Conference this season broke a franchise record for wins against the Western/Campbell Conference.
  • Tonight’s matchup is the third and final game between the two teams this season. The teams have split their first two games thus far this season.
  • The Canes have picked up wins in six of their last eight games against Montreal.
  • With a win last night, the Hurricanes have improved their record to 26-9-2 in their last 37 games. That’s second-best in the NHL in that frame.
  • Carey Price got the start in last night’s win against Buffalo, but he will likely start again tonight in a big game for both teams.

Projected Lineups

Hurricanes

Nino Niederreiter - Sebastian Aho - Justin Williams
Andrei Svechnikov - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Micheal Ferland - Lucas Wallmark - Jordan Martinook
Saku Mananlanen - Greg McKegg - Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brett Pesce - Justin Faulk
Calvin de Haan - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Curtis McElhinney
Petr Mrazek

Injuries and scratches: Warren Foegele (healthy)

Canadiens

Tomas Tatar - Phillip Danault - Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen - Max Domi - Andrew Shaw
Jonathan Drouin - Jesperi Kotkaniemi - Joel Armia
Paul Byron - Nate Thompson - Jordan Weal

Victor Mete - Shea Weber
Brett Kulak - Jeff Petry
Jordie Benn - Christian Folin

Carey Price
Antti Niemi