Sep 21, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jiri Tlusty (19) misses a chance to score a goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #40 at Montreal Canadiens


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 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).

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.

Cam Ward was already given the nod in net and it looks like Anton Khudobin will be given other games in the future. This may spell the end for Justin Peters.

Ryan Murphy could be back in the lineup in place of Brett Bellemore, but nothing was announced.

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.

P.K. Subban is continuing his Norris-level play with 27 points in 40 games. Max Pacioretty has 15 goals in his push to make the American Olympic team.

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.

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