Hurricanes Lineup Alexander Semin – Eric Staal – Jeff Skinner Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer Tuomo Ruutu – Riley Nash – Drayson Bowman Zach Boychuk – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak Justin Faulk – Andrej Sekera Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey Tim Gleason – Mike Komisarek Cam Ward [Justin Peters] Possible Scratches: Jay Harrison and Jiri Tlusty (Injured). Ryan Murphy (Healthy). Anton Khudobin (Conditioning Stint). Canadiens Lineup Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher Rene Bourque – Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta Alex Galchenyuk – Lars Eller – Daniel Briere Brandon Prust – Ryan White – Travis Moen Josh Gorges – P.K. Subban Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin Raphael Diaz – Francois Bouillon Carey Price/Peter Budaj Possible Scratches: Davi Drewiske (Injured).
The Carolina Hurricanes (14-16-9) will play their second game in a row against a Canadian team when they take on the Montreal Canadiens (23-14-3) tonight at 7 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and RDS in Canada and broadcasted on the radio on 99.9 FM The Fan.
Hurricanes Outlook: Jim Rutherford ‘Not Ruling Out Trades’” href=”http://cardiaccane.com/2013/12/30/carolina-hurricanes-gm-jim-rutherford-ruling-trade/” target=”_blank”>The five-game losing streak has started to bother everyone, including Jim Rutherford, and Kirk Muller is trying something new by sticking his three best offensive players together in Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal and Alexander Semin.
Most teams don’t do this because you’re usually putting all of your eggs in one basket, but this may work with the Canes because they do have a strong top six, if everyone plays like they should. Unfortunately for the team, this usually doesn’t happen.
With Rutherford’s comments yesterday, a message had to have been sent to the team. This game will give everyone a chance to see if they respond or if Rutherford will have to make some changes.
Canadiens Oulook: The Canadiens have not played since Sunday also, losing to the Florida Panthers, 4-1. Before the loss, the Habs were on a two-game winning streak. Peter Budaj was in net for the loss, so the Canes are likely to see Carey Price in net.
Despite not having a prolific scorer, the Habs have had no problem earning wins and moving up the standings. A lot of that has to do with strong defense and goaltending with balanced scoring.
The Canadiens will not be an easy team to beat to get back on the winning track.
A recap will be posted after the game.