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Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens: Game Preview

The Canes head north to take on the the Habs, who have lost all four in a row to start the season.

NHL: FEB 29 Hurricanes at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Carolina Hurricanes will finally be back in action after having four straight days without games. After the season we just had, it has felt like an eternity since the Hurricanes last played, but the extra off time should be beneficial to a team that head coach Rod Brind’Amour said “didn’t play a very good game,” and that had “nothing going the way it should look.”

The only lineup tweak the the Hurricanes have been working with is swapping Teuvo Teravainen to the first line with Sebastian Aho and Jesperi Kotkaniemi and moving Martin Necas down to the second line with Vincent Trocheck and Andrei Svechnikov.

Good news for Carolina is that the Montreal Canadiens currently look like a team devoid of purpose or drive. Still looking for their first win of the season, the Habs have scored just three goals and conceded 15 in just four games.

The absence of Carey Price obviously hurts the latter, but the team has not looked good on the ice at any point this season.

Maybe the matchup with their new found social rival will spark the team, but so far the Stanley Cup runner-ups are in for a long season if something doesn’t change.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 54-20-8 51-26-5
Goals/Game 3.38 3.08
Goals Against/Game 2.44 2.66
Shots/Game 34.12 36.12
Face Off Win % 53.9% 54.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 22.0% (13th) 21.2% (15th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.0% (1st) 81.3% (9th)
ES Corsi For % 43.86% 56.14%
ES PDO 113.44 86.56
PIM/Game 12:00 22:00

Goaltender #1

Category Frederik Andersen Linus Ullmark
Category Frederik Andersen Linus Ullmark
Record 35-14-3 26-10-2
Save % .922 .917
GAA 2.17 2.45

Goaltender #2

Category Antti Raanta Jeremy Swayman
Category Antti Raanta Jeremy Swayman
Record 15-5-4 23-14-3
Save % .912 .914
GAA 2.45 2.41

Game Notes

  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi makes his return to Montreal, and I don’t anticipate a warm welcome. It will be interesting to see if the upper management drama bleeds down onto the ice though.
  • So far, it has seemed that Frederik Andersen has been the go-to guy getting both start so far. Maybe this will be Antti Raanta’s turn, but the Canes look to have a guy they trust already.
  • When will Seth Jarvis get a game? Could be Thursday, or it could not be. My best guess is if there isn’t any injuries, he gets in for the first back-to-back of the season — either Game 6 or 7. The first game is on October 28 against the Boston Bruins and the second is October 29 against the Chicago Blackhawks.