A familiar face will return to the RBC Center as Erik Cole comes back to play in the building that he played for 9 seasons and 557 games. Cole currently has 12 points (6G, 6A) and a -2 in 21 games played for the Habs, and his play has picked up recently as he has 6 points in the last 5 games. He and the Montreal Canadians (9-9-3) are last in the Northeast Division, 5 points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs. This will be the second meeting of the season between the two teams, with the Hurricanes losing up in Montreal exactly a week ago. It was by far the worst performance for the Hurricanes, who easily gave Carey Price his first shutout of the season. Since then, however, the Canes are 2-1, all of which have been solid performances by the team. Did the poor performance in Montreal spark something in the team? They hope to get revenge on the Habs tonight. To read up on the Canadiens, visit A Winning Habit.
For the Carolina Hurricanes, they look to build on a huge win against the Philadelphia Flyers in the Wells Fargo center on Monday night. Alexei Ponikarovsky was named the first star after having a 3-point night (2G, 1A), and Cam Ward has several dazzling saves against a tough Flyers team. It was their first win in Philadelphia since November 28th, 2008. The Canes will keep the same line-up and line changes tonight as they had againat the Flyers. Joni Pitkanen is still out with a lower body injury, and still is technically listed as day-to-day, even though it has become more of a week-to-week issue for Pitkanen, as he will miss his seventh straight game. He has still not skated with the team. With no line-up changes, look for these lines against the Habs:
Skinner – Staal – Ruutu
Ponikarovsky – Jokinen – LaRose
Tlusty – Brandon Sutter – Dwyer
Stewart – Brent – Brett Sutter
Allen – Gleason
Harrison – Faulk
Kaberle – McBain
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