logo canadienslogo carolinaPreview Game #53

Carolina vs. Canadiens

Bell Centre – Jan. 28, 2014 – 7:35pm


Game Notes

.The Canadiens are 8-11-2 since Dec.9th and have lost four in a row during which they have been outscored 19-5 which averages out to 4.75 per game. That goals against average is worst in the NHL since January 18th.

. The Canadiens have scored more than two goals only twice in their last nine games, going 3-6-0 in that span. Two of their three victories were 2-1 decisions

.In the Canadiens last four games the Canadiens have scored five times, three of them in one game.

.The Habs are on their longest winless stretch since losing five straight from Feb. 19-28, 2012…  They have not won in regulation since January 6.

.. Canadiens’ power play has scored twice in 13 opportunities during the skid and five times over the last 50 advantages.

..While the Canadiens have lost their last four, Carolina has won it’s last four and with Monday night’s win over Columbus, have moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division with 57 points, one point ahead of the Blue Jackets.

.Including the New Year’s Eve 5-4 overtime win over the Canadiens Carolina is on a 10-3-0 stretch. Along with their four game win streak they also had a season-high five in a row from Dec. 31-Jan. 9.

..This will be the Hurricanes fifth game in seven nights and their second set of back to back games during the stretch.  

..Carolina’s win in overtime New Year’s eve snapped a three-game Canadiens win streak over the the Hurricanes. Montreal has won eight of the last 12 overall in this series as well as five of the past six played at the Bell Centre.

..The Canadiens have won five of the last six games against Carolina at the Bell Centre.

.The Hurricanes have had three of their January games postponed because of weather; in Buffalo January 7th, at Philadelphia January 21 and in Raleigh January 23rd against Ottawa. 

..P.K. Subban had a goal and three assists at Dallas on Jan. 2. In thed ten games since he has only three points.

.. Max Pacioretty, who leads the Canadiens with 21 goals, has only two the last ten games.

..Anton Khodbin  is 11-3-0 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in 15 games, but has started the past three games,

…..Carrying the Hurricanes offense –  C-Eric Staal has four goals and five assists over a six-game point streak; RW- Alexander Semin– six-game points streak (six goals, three assists); D- Andrej Sekera – NHL’s Third Star of last Week – six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in last four games.

..The Hurricanes recalled former Canadiens prospect Aaron Palushaj Monday. With the Charlotte affiliate Palushaj had nine goals and 16 assists in his past 18 games, with eight multi-point games. He played 41 games for the Canadiens in parts of two seasons.  


Probable Carolina Line Combinations

19-Jiri Tlusty  12-Eric Staal  28-Alexander Semin

53-Jeff Skinner  11-Jordan Staal  16-Elias Lindholm

21-Drayson Bowman  22-Manny Malhotra  14-Nathan Gerbe

15-Tuomu Ruutu  20-Riley Nash  18-Radek Dvorak

27-Justin Faulk  4-Andrej Sekera

26-John-Michael Liles  65-Ron Hainsey

5-Mike Komisarek  44-Jay Harrison

35-Justin Peters


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Season Records – Carolina -52GP (24-19-9) third in Metropolitan Division Canadiens 52GP (27-20-5)

Last Ten Games Carolina 7-3-0; Montreal 3-6-1

Season Series – Second of three games. @Carolina Dec. 31 Carolina-5 Canadiens-4 (overtime)   The Canadiens took a 3-0 lead in to the third on goals from Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty (2) before Jeff Skinner scored two goals and Eric Staal tied the game just over 4 minutes left. in to the third.  Alexander Semin scored 3:27 in to overtime.   

Carolina rallies from three goal third period deficit.

Home/Road – Carolina on the Road (11-9-4) Canadiens at home (14-9-3)

Special Teams – Power Play – Carolina ranked 26th 26/182 14.3% Canadiens ranked 13th 34/178 19.1% Penalty Killing – Carolina ranked 25th 33/161 79.5% Canadiens ranked 4th 26/179 85.5%

Goaltending – Carolina – Anton Khodobin –  15GP (11-3-0)  2.18GAA  .928save%  or Justin Peters 21GP (7-9-4) 2.50GAA .919save%         Canadiens – Carey Price – 42GP (22-16-4) 2.50GAA .918save%  15GP (11-3-0)  2.18GAA  .928save%

Who’s Hot Carolina –C-Eric Staal has four goals and five assists over a six-game point streak; RW- Alexander Semin- six-game points streak (six goals, three assists); D- Andrej Sekera – NHL’s Third Star of last Week – six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in last four games. five assists) Canadiens – David Desharnais  four points his last five games (two goals, 2 assists)

From the Clinic – Carolina – G-Cam Ward  (IR-lower body) D-Joni Pitkanen (IR-heel surgery); Canadiens – D-Davis Drewiske (IR-shoulder surgery); LW-Alex Galchenyuk (IR-broken hand); C-Ryan White (IR-upper body) …





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