Game Day : Habs @ Hurricanes

The Montreal Canadiens are in Raleigh, North Carolina to take on the Hurricanes for the second time this season.  The Habs were victorious in the first meeting and hope they can walk out of RBC center with a 2-0 lead on the 4 game season series.  

Tonight will mark the first time Erik Cole has returned to Carolina to face his former team after being acquired by the Canadiens this past summer.  In their first meeting, at the Bell Center, Cole was able to get under the skin of a few of his former teammates and was actually caught taunting Tuomo Ruutu on camera.  Although it was clear that Cole was being as comical as he was being serious, it was still something that fueled the Habs to a 4-0 win.  Habs fans all know that Erik Cole was a "Habs Killer" when he played with the Hurricanes at the Bell Center, so you can bet Habs fans are hoping he will be the new "Hurricane Killer" when facing his old squad in Raleigh.  

While the Hurricanes struggle to keep their head above water, some of their players are enjoying a great start to the season.  Forward Jeff Skinner has already collected 21 points in his first 22 games, Jussi Jokinen has 15 points and veteran Hurricane Chad Larose is off to a quick start with 14 points.  Cam Ward has looked shaky in nets so far this season but you shouldn't expect that to last, the Hurricanes are notorious for slow starts and are really a 2nd half of the season type of team.  Ward has gone 8-8-3 with a .906 Sv%.

Carey Price is the MVP in Montreal, there is no doubts about that.  Price has let in only 1 goal (59 out of 60 Shots) in his past three games.  While the Habs have done a great job at keeping shot against relatively low, Price has been the backbone of this team making sure to make the timely saves to keep his team in the game.  Price is on quite a little roll having won 3 of his last 5 games ( 1 OT loss ) with a Sv% of .964%.

Hurricanes captain, Eric Staal, is having one of the worst starts to his career with only 10 points on the season.  Staal has already gone 10 games without a goal and is a combined -15 on the year.  A few games back, Staal seemed to have broken out of his slump having tallied points in consecutive games, but he quickly went back to his poor play.  Some consider this to be the result of a late hit in a game last year that landed his brother, Marc, in the hospital.  Marc has not played a game since suffering a concussion after Eric's hit.

No goalies have been confirmed yet by either team, but it's a safe bet to expect Carey Price and Cam Ward to get the green lights.  Both goalies have to be the best players on the ice tonight to ensure a win for their teams.  

Game starts at 7:00pm and is being aired on RDS.

Bon Match!

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