Carolina vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Nov. 16/2011 – 7:05pm
…….This will be Erik Cole’s first game against his former team since signing with the Canadiens as an unrestricted free agent on July first and only his second ever. He played in one game against them as a member of the Edmonton Oilers Nov. 1, 2008, registering two shots without a point. Cole spent all but 63 games over nine seasons with the Hurricanes. As a member of the Hurricanes, Cole scored 25 points in 28 games against the Canadiens.
…….Off to a slow start, Eric Staal, who was Cole’s centre when he scored 26 goals last season, the last two games has been left wing on a line centered by Brandon Sutter.
…… Before losing both of last season’s visits to the Bell Centre, Carolina had gotten points in 11 consecutive games in Montreal (8-0-3).
…….Defenseman Frederic St. Denis will make his NHL debut in the game. He and Mathieu Darche are two of the rare players to reach the NHL after playing Canadian University hockey. St. Denis played at Trois Rivieres, Darche-McGill. The Canadiens signed St. Denis as an undrafted free agent.
……Carolina goaltender Cam Ward has givien up at least three goals in six consecutive starts and was pulled in the loss to the Flyers
…… The Canadiens are just 2-for-20 (10%) on the power play this month. However, last season the Habs were 8 for 15 on the power play against the Hurricanes.
……The Hurricanes have lost five straight games and have been outscored 21-9 on the road since a victory in Boston on Oct. 18.
…….Tomas Plekanec had two goals and seven assists in four games versus the Hurricanes last year.
The Cold Hard Stats
Season Record – Carolina 18G (6-9-3) 15 pts. – 4th in Southeast Division – 13th in Eastern Conference. Canadiens – 17GP (7-7-3) 17 pts. 5th in Northeast Division – 12th in Eastern Conference.
Last Five Games: Carolina (1-4-0); Montreal (2-2-1)
Home vs. Road – Carolina on the Road (2-5-2) Ranked 26th in League. Canadiens at Home (2-4-3) ranked 28th.
Versus Eastern Conference Teams– Carolina (5-8-2) Canadiens (5-5-2)
Season Series: First of four meetings this season. Last Season the Canadiens won three of four games, losing the last game Mar.30 @ RBC Centre – Carolina-6 Canadiens-2. Jeff Skinner and Jamie McBain 2 goals each. Cam Ward stopped 38 of 40 shots. Carey Price taken out of the game after two periods after giving up four goals on 26 shots. Last game at Bell Centre Feb.26/2011 Canadiens-4 Carolina-3. Alex Auld stopped 28 of 31 shots. Price out with the flu. Cammalleri, Plekanec, Kostitsyn each with a goal and assist. Cammalleri – first star.
Last Time Out – Carolina lost 5-3 at home to Philadelphia Monday. Canadiens blew a 2-0 third period lead in a
3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo.
Goaltending – Carolina – Cam Ward 15GP (6-7-3) 3;22GAA .905 save%. Canadiens – Carey Price – 15GP (6-6-3) 2.44GAA .908 save%.
Who’s Hot: Carolina – Jeff Skinner has a goal and three assists in the last two games. He has 18 points in 18 games. Eric Staal – 1 goal 2 assists last two games. Patrick Dwyer – two shorthanded goals vs. Philadelphia Saturday, one on a penalty shot. Canadiens – Max Pacioretty has four goals his last five games. The line of Pacioretty, Cole and Desharnais has five goals and five assists in the last three games. Cole has five goals four assists the last ten games.
Special Teams – Power Play – Carolina ranked 26th – 12.4% (10/51) Canadiens ranked 27th in league – 12.3% (8/65) Penalty Killing – Carolina 18th in NHL 81.9% (13/72). Canadiens ranked 6th 81.9% (13/62)
Injury Report: Carolina – D-Joni Pitkanen (lower body); C-Dave Boland (bruised foot); C-Phillipe Paradis (IR-undisclosed); D-Brent Seabrook (lower body); RW-Ben Smith (IR-concussion). Canadiens – D-Andrei Markov (IR-knee inflammation); D-Chris Campoli (IR-hamstring tear); C-Andreas Engqvist (lower body); D-Jaroslav Spacek (upper body); RW-Ryan White (IR-sports hernia surgery); D-Brendon Nash (IR-shoulder surgery)
The Canadiens Lineup
32-Travis Moen 14-Tomas Plekanec 21-Brian Gionta
67-Max Pacioretty 51- David Desharnais 72-Erik Cole
13-Michael Cammalleri 81-Lars Eller 60-Aaron Palushaj
11-Scott Gomez 15-Petteri Nokelainen 52-Mathieu Darche
26-Josh Gorges 76-P.K. Subban
62-Frederic St. Denis 68-Yannick Weber
74-Alexei Emelin 61-Raphael Diaz
31-Carey Price (30-Peter Budaj)
The Hurricanes Lineup (If Jokinen Available)
23-Eric Staal 16-Brandon Sutter 59–Chad LaRose
53-Jeff Skinner 36-Jussi Jokinen 15–Tuomo Ruutu
24-Alexei Ponikarovsky 37-Tim Brent 39–Pat Dwyer
19-Jiri Tlusty 22-Zac Dalpe 11- Zach Boychuk
5-Bryan Allen 6-Tim Gleason
46-Jay Harrison 4-Jamie McBain
27-Derek Joslin 51-Tomas Kaberle
30-Cam Ward – (33-Brian Boucher)