The Montreal Canadiens wrap up their pre Olympic schedule as they travel to take on the Hurricanes in Raleigh.
The Canadiens are looking to stretch their winning streak to three games before the two week hiatus in the schedule. They are coming off back to back wins at home against the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames.
Carey Price has been carrying the load recently, posting a GAA of 1.19 and a .966 SV% over the past five games. Due to the Habs offensive struggles, they have only won three of those five games, and now look to head into the break on a high note.
Montreal hosted these Hurricanes less than two weeks ago and came away with a 3-0 victory on the back of a strong game from Price. The first meeting of the season between these two Eastern Conference teams was on New Year’s Eve, when Montreal also held a 3-0 lead but let it slip away, and lost the game 5-4 in overtime.
Carolina enters tonight’s game fresh off a 5-1 thrashing of the Florida Panthers last night. Goaltender Anton Khudobin continued his surprisingly great season with a 34 save effort, though it is yet to be determined if he will start on back to back nights.
The Hurricanes are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference, and looking to fight their way back into playoff positioning. They have an 11-10-4 record as the visitor this season, but have won four of the last five on the road.
Montreal has a 17-10-4 record at the Bell Centre this year, and could jump as high as second in the Atlantic Division, or fall as low as 7th in the East based on tonight’s contest.