Jan 28, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher (11) rushes the net of Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) while being checked by defenseman Jay Harrison (44) during the second period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #57 Vs. Montreal Canadiens


The Carolina Hurricanes will play their last game before taking 16 days off for the Olympic break as they take on the Montreal Canadiens at 6 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

In two previous meetings, each team has split a victory, with the Canadiens winning the last game by a 3-0 shutout score on Jan. 28.

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

Hurricanes’ Outlook: Things went just as well as they could have for the Canes in the last game as they defeated the Florida Panthers, 5-1 behind an offensive explosion and great goaltending.

Keeping that offense going against a stronger team like the Canadiens won’t be simple, but it can be done.

Anton Khudobin played great last night and while coach Kirk Muller has no fear of him going in back-to-back games, he will likely want Cam Ward to get a game in before the break and obviously it’s tonight or never.

John-Michael Liles left the game last night with a lower-body injury and did not return. Whether the injury is serious or not, it may smart just to rest him for this one as Mike Komisarek is an OK option and there would be no sense in worsening the injury.

Canadiens’ Outlook: The Canadiens are on a two-game win streak and have since moved into third in the Atlantic Division in a tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. But the Hurricanes could be competing with the Habs for one of the wild card spots later in the season, so this game could be hugely important.

Carey Price had the answer for all of the Canes’ shots in the last game and the Hurricanes have to be careful to not fall into that trap again. They scored on mostly rebounds against the Panthers and while Price tends to be a better positioning goalie than Tim Thomas, it could be a formula for success.

In the Habs’ last game, Max Pacioretty led the team to victory over the Vancouver Canucks by scoring a hatrick as the team won 5-2.

Pacioretty is second on the team with 37 points while P.K. Subban leads the team with 39.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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