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Hurricanes shoot for two in a row against Habs

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Hurricanes shoot for two in a row against Habs
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montréal Canadiens

HURRICANES (3-12-4) at CANADIENS (9-11-0)

Last 10: Carolina 1-7-2; Montreal 4-6-0

Season series:
This is the first of four meetings. In 2008-09, Carolina won three of four in the series, led by Eric Staal (3-2-5) and Sergei Samsonov (2-3-5). Goalie Cam Ward posted three wins. Montreal was paced by Alexei Kovalev and Robert Lang, each with 2 goals and an assist.

Big story: Without their No. 1 center in Staal, the Hurricanes are 1-4-1. Without their starting goalie in Ward, they are 1-1-1. In their last 15 games, the Hurricanes are 2-10-3 and have fallen to 30th in the League.

However, not since Tampa Bay on Oct. 10 has a team faced Carolina coming off a win, the task Montreal faces Tuesday night.

"Fourteen games without a win is a long time," said Carolina's Ray Whitney following Sunday's win. "Our character has been tested the last 14 games."

In this meeting, both struggling clubs will have a character test, and the Canadiens may find they have more to lose if they don't emerge victorious.

Team scope:

Hurricanes: Carolina is playing its first road game after a three-game homestand. It snapped a 14-game losing streak with a 5-4 shootout win against Minnesota on Sunday. The Hurricanes squandered leads of 3-0 and 4-1 before Jussi Jokinen scored the game-deciding shootout goal.

"Oh man, it has been such a long time, it's relief more than anything," said Ray Whitney, who recorded a goal and 2 assists. "You still scratch your head as to why we gave up a three-goal lead but in the end we'll take what we got."

It was Carolina's first win since defeating Florida 7-2 on Oct. 9.

"We're not throwing any back at this point," coach Paul Maurice said. "This is a huge win. What kind of conversation would we be having now after a 4-1 lead if we had lost that game. This was enormous for our players -- and staff. It's half a night's sleep anyway -- and then we'll be back at it."

Canadiens: Montreal is playing its first home game after a two-game road trip. The Canadiens have lost four of their last six games and were shut out in their last contest, 2-0, by Nashville last Saturday.

In the loss, goalie Carey Price tied a franchise record with 53 saves. Previously, Wayne Thomas stopped 53 shots in a 5-4 win at Pittsburgh on March 10, 1974. Price also tied Montreal records for most shots faced (24) and saves (23) in one period.

"They threw a lot of pucks at the net tonight," Price said. "Records aside, we were here to get two points, not a record."

"He performed well, there is no doubt," Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said. "It's unfortunate that his teammates didn't take advantage of a performance like that."

Who's hot: For the Canadiens, Tomas Plekanec has 3 assists in his last two games, Mike Cammalleri has a goal and an assist in his last two games, and Marc-Andre Bergeron has a goal and 2 assists in his last two games. For the Hurricanes, Tuomo Ruutu has 3 goals and an assist in his last three games, Whitney has 2 goals and 3 assists in his last three games, and Tim Gleason has 2 goals in his last four games.

Injury report: For the Hurricanes, left wing Michael Ryan (upper-body) and Ward (leg) are on injured reserve, while Eric Staal (upper-body) is day-to-day. For the Canadiens, defensemen Andrei Markov (ankle), Hal Gill (lower-body) and Ryan O'Byrne (lower-body), and right wings Georges Laraque (upper-body) and Matt D'Agostini (concussion) are on injured reserve, and right wing Brian Gionta (lower-body) is day-to-day.

Stat pack:
The Canadiens are one of only five teams without an overtime loss this season. Montreal has won four games in overtime and three times in a shootout. … The game on Nov. 11, the Hurricanes played a game without either Staal or Ward in the lineup since March 19, 2004, a span of 352 regular-season games.
   
Puck drop:
Montreal is coming into this contest without much in the way of momentum. As the first team to face Carolina coming off a win in over a month, the Canadiens should not take this opponent lightly.

2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 08 '10 MTL 2 at CAR 5 E. Staal
Mar 31 '10 CAR 2 at MTL 1 E. Staal
Dec 23 '09 MTL 5 at CAR 1 A. Kostitsyn
Nov 17 '09 CAR 2 at MTL 3 - SO M. Lapierre
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Whitney186814-1610
J. Jokinen205712-61211
T. Ruutu175510-22310
M. Cullen20369-101010
B. Sutter11538+1010
J. Corvo20358-13830
S. Samsonov20257-121010
R. Brind'Amour20257-171210
E. Staal13325-53420
J. Pitkanen13145-112400
S. Walker19224+11910
T. Gleason15224-32700
J. Harrison10123-42700
N. Wallin20033-3800
A. Alberts20033-32600
C. LaRose20033-10800
E. Cole10112-3000
A. Ward19022-111800
B. Rodney4022-1200
T. Kostopoulos20101-32700
S. Yelle18011-21200
Z. Boychuk2011+0000
T. Conboy11000-52200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Ward152-9-3414062.97.899
M. Leighton51-2-0171074.38.841
M. Legace30-1-29793.33.886
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Plekanec2141519+51010
M. Cammalleri218816+71221
B. Gionta198513+3821
S. Gomez212911+21200
G. Metropolit154610-1221
T. Moen21437-11900
M. Bergeron14347-2621
R. Hamrlik20426+01611
A. Kostitsyn21246-31210
J. Spacek21156+32000
P. Mara21066-73300
M. Lapierre21145-61800
M. Pacioretty21224-3400
G. Latendresse21213-4200
J. Gorges21123+21601
H. Gill14101-33100
M. D'Agostini11101-21300
G. Laraque8011-4500
R. White6011-21100
K. Chipchura14000-81600
T. Pyatt6000-4200
G. Stewart5000-31100
J. Leach4000+0500
M. Carle3000+1400
Y. Weber3000-4000
R. O'Byrne2000+1200
S. Belle2000-2000
A. Markov1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
C. Price145-8-0404272.99.906
J. Halak95-3-0212182.62.904