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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. MONTREAL

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (28-23-13-5, 74 pts.)

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MONTREAL CANADIENS (28-27-10-3, 69 pts.)
Monday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT
The Carolina Hurricanes return home to complete the second half of a home-and-home series with the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 at Molson Centre on Saturday night, snapping Carolina’s four-game road win streak and six-game overall unbeaten streak.
Carolina has earned ties in its last six home games, an NHL record. Several teams earned five consecutive home ties, with the most recent being the 1997-98 Buffalo Sabres. Carolina is winless in its last eight home games (0-1-7) and has not won at home since Jan. 15, a 2-0 win against Minnesota. Carolina currently sits in first place in the Southeast Division, leading the second-place Washington Capitals by nine points.

PRACTICE TIMES

March 18 Monday ESA 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
March 19 Tuesday ESA 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
March 20 Wednesday RecZone 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR
Television: None.
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville).
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES
Hurricanes captain Ron Francis was fourth in the NHL this season in assists (42) and fifth in points (66) through games of March 16. He was first in power play points (35) and tied for first in power play assists (24). Francis was tied for fifth in power play goals (11).

CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-11-9-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 16-12-4-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 50-of-326 (15.3%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 236-of-287 (82.2%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE
Forward Tommy Westlund missed the game vs. Montreal (3/16) with a back injury. He was placed on Injured Reserve on Feb. 9 retroactive to Jan. 18.

CAROLINA / MONTREAL NOTES
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens meet Monday for the final of four matchups this season and the conclusion of a home-and-home series between the two teams. Montreal defeated Carolina 3-2 on Saturday night in the first half of the current home-and-home series. Carolina and Montreal played to a 1-1 tie in their first meeting this season at the Entertainment & Sports Arena on Jan. 17 as defenseman Glen Wesley scored the Hurricanes’ lone goal and Arturs Irbe stopped 19 of 20 shots. Carolina came back from a pair of two-goal deficits to beat Montreal at the Molson Centre 4-3 on March 2. Jeff O’Neill scored the game-winner with 2:05 left in the game. The Canadiens won three of the four games between the two teams last season, with the Hurricanes’ only win coming in overtime on Jan. 16 in Montreal. The Canadiens lead the all-time regular season series 82-45-17 and are 35-28-10 on the road and 47-16-7-1 against the Hurricanes franchise at home.

MONTREAL NOTES
Montreal sits one point ahead of the New York Rangers for the eighth, and final, Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Canadiens’ current road swing takes them to Raleigh to play the Hurricanes, Tampa Bay to take on the Lightning, Ft. Lauderdale to face the Panthers and Nashville for a game against the Predators.

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES
  GP G A TP
10 Francis 69 24 42 66
24 Kapanen 66 24 36 60
92 O'Neill 65 25 31 56
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Irbe 40 2.76 15-16-8 .895
80 Weekes 19 2.89 3-9-0 .915
 
MONTREAL
  GP G A TP
94 Perreault 67 22 25 47
14 Petrov 62 22 14 36
20 Zednik 68 17 19 36
Goalies GP GAA W-L-T SV%
1 Michaud 1 0.00 0-0-0 1.000
60 Theodore 54 2.23 22-21-8 .927
30 Garon 5 4.37 1-4-0 .871

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