Carolina vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Feb. 18/2013 – 7.35pm
….The Canadiens are looking for their 10th win of the season in their 15th game. Last year their tenth win came in the team’s 22nd game.
….Both teams are looking to extend three game winning streaks. Carolina has also won five of their last six.
.….During their three game losing streak the Canadiens allowed 12 goals (six of them scored by Toronto) During the current three game winning streak they’ve allowed four.
…..The Canadiens are a perfect 7-0-0 against teams outside of their division. Against the Northeast they are 2-4-1.
…..Over the last five games the Plekanec/Gionta/Bourque line has recorded six goals six assists and is a combined plus-10 Rene Bourque leads the way over the five games with two goals, three assists and plus-4.
…..Plekanec has 30 points in 27 career games against the Hurricanes
….Cam Ward will be back in the Carolina goal after being given the night off against Toronto last Thursday.
….Centre Jeff Skinner, the Hurricanes second leading scorer, will not be in the Carolina lineup. He is suffering from suspected concussion symptoms after he was checked heavily by the Leafs’ Matt Fraser last Thursday in Toronto. Skinner missed 16 games last season because of a concussion. Skinner has 14 points (7g, 7a)
….The Canadiens scored at least one power play goal in each of their first seven games (11 goals on 41 opportunities) and were ranked 7th at 26.8%. With the return of P.K. Subban, the point pairing of Markov and Diaz was broken up and the power play has produced only 3 goals in 32 advantages including one in 18 over the last four games. They’re now ranked 11th in the league. Markov and Diaz were re-united in the third period against Philadelphia Saturday.
….Carolina’s penalty killing is ranked 28th in the league. They have given up six on their opponents’ last 11 power plays.
….The Hurricanes are 4-0-1 their last five games on the road. They have averaged five goals a game in that stretch
…..Eric Staal has nine goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games at the Bell Centre. Overall hel has 34 points in 30 ccareer games against the Canadiens.
….The Hurricanes lost to the Canadiens twice within the span of a week last November. Five days after the second loss, head coach Paul Maurice was fired and replaced by Kirk Muller. Maurice is now head coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League
…..Under Kirk Muller’s five year reign as coach of the Canadiens special eams their power play ranked number one in the league twice and never lower than 13th. Last season, their first without muller the power play ranked 28th. This season they’re currently 11th.
….Often maligned for his underachievement, former Washington Capital Alex Semin has 10pts (3g 7a) and is +11 this season. He’s been playing on the line with Eric Staal and Jiri Tlusty. Staal has an active NHL leading eleven game point streak. Tlusty has five goals his last four games.
Team Records – Carolina (8-4-1) First in Southeast Division. Third in Eastern Conference. Canadiens (9-4-1) Third in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference.
Last Time Out – Carolina beat Toronto 3-1 at Raleigh Thursday. Canadiens won 4-1 over Philadelphia Saturday.
Last Five Games – Carolina (4-0-1) Canadiens (3-2-0)
Season Series – First of three meetings, two at the Bell Centre.
Last Season – The teams split the four games. Two of the games decided in shootouts. Nov.16/2011@ Bell Centre Canadiens-4 Carolina-0. Carey Price with shutout and assist on the game winning goal scored by Cammalleri. Weber, Subban and Moen also scored. Plekanec 2 assists. Nov.23/2011 @ Carolina Canadiens-4 Carolina-3 (shootout) Brian Giota scored winner in the shootout. Canadiens come back from 2-0. Travis Moen tied the game early in the third. Also Eller and Cammalleri. Tlusty, Stewart and Sutter for Carolina. Feb.13/2012 @Bell Centre- Carolina-5 Canadiens-3 Carolina came from behind in the third period. Eric Staal tied it and then set up Jamie McBain’s game winner. McBain also scored an empty netter. Former Hab Jaroslav Spacek also scored. For the Canadiens Plekanec, Cole and Desharnais. Apr.5 @ Carolina – Carolina-2 Canadiens-1 (shootout) Blake Geoffrion scored for the Canadiens. Claude Larose for the Hurricanes. Eric Staal scored the shootout winner after Erik Cole hit the post.
Home/Road – Carolina on the road (5-2-1) Canadiens at home (6-3-0)
Goaltenders – Carolina – Cam Ward 10GP (5-3-2) 3.22GAA .902save% Canadiens – Peter Budaj – 3 GP (1-1-1) 3.24GAA .884save%
Special Teams-Power Play – Carolina – Ranked 15th – 10/56 17.8% Canadiens ranked 11th 14/73 19.2% Penalty Killing – Carolina – Ranked 28th 16/55 70.9% Canadiens – 13th 12/69 82.6%
Who’s Hot – Carolina – D-Joe Corvo has five points in last four games. Eric Staal 8 goals 9 assists during a current 11 game point streak. Canadiens – Rene Bourque 2 goals, three assists last five games. Tomas Plekanec has 3 goals, 2 assists his last six games.
Injuries - Carolina C-Jeff Skinner (upper body); D- Joni Pitkanen (lower body); D-Tim Gleason (lower body); LW-Tuomu Ruutu (IR-hip surgery). Canadiens – RW-Brendan Gallagher (concussion); C-Petteri Nokelainen (IR-back); D-P.K. Subban (Questionable-flu); LW-Max Pacioretty (Questionable-rib injury)
Canadiens Projected Lineup
Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta
Pacioretty – Desharnais – Eller
Prust – Galchenyuk – Cole
Moen – White – Armstrong
Markov – Emelin
Gorges – Diaz
Bouillon – Subban