CANADIENS (19-5-3) @ HURRICANES (8-13-4)
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Metropolitan rivals week wraps up for the Canadiens in Raleigh on Saturday.
Coming off a 3-2 loss against Washington on Thursday in which the Habs outshot the Caps 35-19, Michel Therrien’s men will be looking to bounce back against the struggling Hurricanes at PNC Arena.
The Canes are ranked 30th in the NHL this season, having won just three games in the month of November, and eight total through 25 games to date.
Bill Peters’ troops dropped their first contest of the month of December by a score of 5-1 against the New Jersey Devils on December 3.
Carolina’s second-round pick from the NHL Draft, forward Phil Di Giuseppe, will make his NHL debut against the Habs, while Cam Ward, who is 7-8-3 with a 2.53 goals against average and 0.989 save percentage this season, will get the start in goal.
The visitors enjoyed a morning off on Saturday, and Therrien has not yet announced whether any changes will be made to his lineup in Raleigh.
Mike Condon, who is already looking for his 10th career NHL win, should be back in goal for the Canadiens.
Alexander Semin, who is still sidelined with a lower body injury, is questionable to face his former team.
A year ago, the Habs swept the season series against Carolina, outscoring the Souteastern U.S. club 11-2 over three games. Alex Galchenyuk, who has scored five goals in his last six games, notably earned his first career hat trick against the Canes nearly a year to date, on December 16 at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens’ last seven games have been against Metropolitan rivals, and the team holds a 8-1-2 record against the division this season.