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Aho looks to push point streak to 15 for Carolina; Montreal starts Lindgren

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (35-24-4) at CANADIENS (29-28-9)



The Game

Sebastian Aho will try to extend his point streak to 15 games, and the Carolina Hurricanes look to gain ground in the Eastern Conference wild card race when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.

The forward has 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) during his 14-game streak, his longest NHL point streak and the third longest in Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers history, trailing Mike Rogers, who had a 17-game point streak in 1979-80, and an 18-game point streak in 1980-81 for Hartford. It is the third-longest point streak in the NHL this season (Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres, 17 games; Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, 15 games).

The Hurricanes, who lost their second straight, 3-2 to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, are 3-4-1 in their past eight games. They trail the Columbus Blue Jackets by two points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the East.

Goalie Charlie Lindgren makes his first start since Feb. 4 for Montreal, which is 2-5-2 in the past eight games after going 7-2-0 in the previous nine.

The Canadiens are nine points behind Columbus for the second wild card from the East, and nine behind the Toronto Maple Leafs for third place in the Atlantic Division.


Players to Watch

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in his past 15 games.

Canadiens forward Max Domi has six points (three goals, three assists) during a four-game point streak.


They said it

"I think we're always pretty confident out there, that if we're losing the game, it's not what we want to do, but at least we're never quitting the game. We try battling and a lot of times we come back but it's not really good to be down every game. We have to make sure we start the right way." -- Hurricanes forward Teuvo Teravainen

"We need to be good in front of him to allow him to find his way through the game tonight and feel comfortable." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien on Charlie Lindgren


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Nino Niederreiter -- Vincent Trocheck -- Martin Necas

Warren Foegele -- Jordan Staal -- Justin Williams

Ryan Dzingel -- Jordan Martinook -- Brock McGinn

Jaccob Slavin -- Joel Edmundson

Jake Gardiner -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Haydn Fleury -- Brady Skjei

Alex Nedeljkovic

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: None

Injured: Dougie Hamilton (broken fibula), Petr Mrazek (concussion protocol), James Reimer (lower body), Brett Pesce (upper body)


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Nick Suzuki -- Joel Armia

Paul Byron -- Max Domi -- Jordan Weal 

Charles Hudon -- Jake Evans -- Dale Weise

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Xavier Ouellet -- Christian Folin

Charlie Lindgren

Carey Price

Scratched: Karl Alzner 

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (ankle), Victor Mete (broken foot)


Status report

The Hurricanes did not hold a morning skate. … Ouellet was cleared for contact during practice Friday and could return if he receives medical clearance after missing the past three games because of a concussion.


Stat pack

Teravainen has scored three goals in the past three games. … Tatar has three points (one goal, two assists) in the past two games. … Price started the previous 11 games, and 17 of the previous 18.

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