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.
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.