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Carolina Hurricanes: Game #53 At Montreal Canadiens

A day after making a big comeback, the Carolina Hurricanes (24-19-9) will travel north of the border to take on the Montreal Canadiens (27-20-5) tonight at 7:30 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

The two teams have played once before this season on Dec. 31. The Hurricanes won in comeback fashion, erasing a three-goal deficit to win 5-4.

Hurricanes’ Lineup:
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner – Jordan Staal – Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe- Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak
Drayson Bowman – Riley Nash – Tuomo Ruutu
 
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey
Jay Harrison – Mike Komisarek
 
Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters
Possible Scratches: Cam Ward and Patrick Dwyer (Injured). Brett Bellemore (Healthy).
 
Canadiens’ Lineup:
Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais – Brendan Gallagher
Lars Eller - Tomas Plekanec – Brian Gionta
Brandon Prust - Daniel Briere – Rene Bourque
Louis Leblanc – Michael Bournival – Travis Moen
 
Douglas Murray – P.K. Subban
Andrei Markov – Alexei Emelin
Nathan Beaulieu – Josh Gorges
 
Carey Price/Peter Budaj
Possible Scratches: Alex Galchenyuk, Ryan White and Davis Drewiske (Injured). Francois Bouillon and Raphael Diaz (Healthy).

Hurricanes’ Outlook: The biggest issue for the Canes in this one will be how rested the team is. They won an electrifying game last night, then had to fly to Montreal for the game tonight. This will also be the team’s fifth game in seven days.

The lineup will most likely stay the same. Coach Kirk Muller likes to keep the winning lineup together and right now there’s no point in making a change. Aaron Palushaj was recalled right before the game yesterday. If he plays today, it will be against his former team that waived him.

As for Anton Khudobin, Muller has shown he has no hesitation in going to the Russian game-after-game, as long as he’s winning.

Patrick Dwyer will probably be scratched again while dealing with an upper-body injury.

Canadiens’ Outlook: As hot as the Hurricanes are coming into this one, the Canadiens are going in the exact opposite direction with four straight losses and a 3-6-1 record in their last 10 that has caused them to slide to fourth in the Atlantic.

Montreal’s last game, against the equally low Washington Capitals, resulted in a 5-0 drubbing, but the team has had two days off since the loss to think and rest.

Carey Price is likely to be the starter, however none has been announced yet. P.K. Subban leads the team with 36 points.

The Hurricanes will need to jump out in this one. The Canadiens are having a rough time and the Canes’ legs will only get more tired as the game moves along.

A recap will be posted after the game.

Topics: Carolina Hurricanes

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