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Game #57 | Montreal Vs Carolina | 13 February2012 7:30pm EST


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:lol: I don't know what I was thinking. I kinda rushed it because I need to study but...yeah... this is the GDT.

Oh, and White and Schultz have been called up from Hamilton and will be at practice on Monday.

Last 10:

Carolina 4-2-4; Montreal 6-3-1

Season Series:

Montreal has taken both meetings between the 'Canes and Habs this season. In their last game, the Canadiens edged Carolina in a shootout, 4-3, at the RBC Center on Nov. 23, 2011.

Big Story:

With more than 10 points separating Carolina from the eighth spot in the East and only 26 games remaining in the season, the Canes are likely in full spoiler mode at this point in the season, and they will get their chance to throw a wrench into another team's postseason plans when they face Montreal, which has postseason hopes that are still there, but hanging by a thread.

Team Scope:

Hurricanes:

There are many reasons to think Montreal might be taking Carolina lightly Monday night. The obvious one is that with 51 points, the Canes are currently in last place in the East with a conference-worst -30 goal differential and a poor 6-13-8 record away from Raleigh. But there has also been some bad luck in the mix, most notably in the shootout, where Carolina is the only team in the NHL not to have picked up an extra point, losing all four times they've been tied at the end of overtime.

But that said there are reasons to think Carolina has actualyl done a decent job of turning its season around and giving reason for optimism. For one, despite being outscored by such a high margin, the offense hasn't suffered. In fact, the Hurricanes, curiously, have not been shut out since Nov. 18. In addition, despite losing the first two stops of their current three-game road trip in overtime, the Canes have been a surprisingly tough out lately, losing just two of their last 12 games in regulation.

Canadiens:

Montreal's postseason hopes aren't dead yet, but the sand is starting to get low in its hour glass. The Habs are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference sitting seven points back of Toronto for the final playoff spot. The Canadiens shrank that margin with a big win Saturday night, as they came to Toronto on the night the Maple Leafs honored longtime captain Mats Sundin and trounced their Original Six rival 5-0.

The win was the fourth in a road for Montreal, which has started to pick up the pace lately in a way that could make Toronto, Ottawa, Washington and Winnipeg sweat. Even more reassuring for the Canadiens is that Carey Price has been phenomenal over their recent winning streak, surrendering a grand total of four goals over those four games.

Who's Hot:

After a rough start to the season, Eric Staal appears to have found his game for Carolina. He has five points in his last five games. ... Max Pacioretty has been scoring in a big way for Montreal, netting five goals in his last four games.

Injury Report:

Both Travis Moen (upper-body injury) and Yannick Weber (lower-body injury) are doubtful for Montreal. Carolina does not have any major injuries aside from Joni Pitkanen (concussion), who has been out since November.

Stat Pack:

One major reason for Montreal to not take Carolina lightly? The Canadiens haven't been that much better unless a game goes to a shootout. Montreal's 21 regulation or overtime wins are just one more than Carolina's 20.

Puck Drop:

While the Canadiens still have a ways to go before they can touch the top eight, they are starting to put together what could be an impressive run if they continue their winning ways. On the contrary, however, any loss could be difficult to swallow, and one Monday night against the East cellar dwellars could be a particularly devastating blow

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Jaroslav Spacek, who spent more than two years in the red, white and blue of the Habs, makes his first visit to the Bell Centre since he was dealt to Carolina for Tomas Kaberle in December.

"I'm pretty happy to be gone from there, from the whole circus," he said at the time. In the same interview he criticized the outcry over hiring an Anglophone coach.

When asked about his remarks on Sunday, the 38-year-old native of the Czech Republic showed support for head coach Randy Cunneyworth.

"I like Cunney [as] a coach," said Spacek. "Lots of respect for him and it's a little sad, maybe, that he'll maybe lose his job".

The team has gone 10-12-2 since Cunneyowrth was named interim head coach on December 17, but has caught fire of late, riding a four-game win streak heading into Monday's tilt.

Spacek reiterated his belief that the team could perform under an English-speaking bench boss.

"Hire an interpreter," he said. "You can have a good coach and it doesn't have to be a French-speaking coach. But I know the community here is more French-speaking and I respect that, too."

Spacek praised the fans' enthusiasm, but reiterated his stance that the team was in disarray when he was dealt.

"This city is always special to play in," Spacek said. "If the hockey doesn't go well, it's a mess, as I said."

*and a hell of a job there Beaubie on your thread......very niceeeeee.:D

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Jaroslav Spacek, who spent more than two years in the red, white and blue of the Habs, makes his first visit to the Bell Centre since he was dealt to Carolina for Tomas Kaberle in December.

"I'm pretty happy to be gone from there, from the whole circus," he said at the time. In the same interview he criticized the outcry over hiring an Anglophone coach.

When asked about his remarks on Sunday, the 38-year-old native of the Czech Republic showed support for head coach Randy Cunneyworth.

"I like Cunney [as] a coach," said Spacek. "Lots of respect for him and it's a little sad, maybe, that he'll maybe lose his job".

The team has gone 10-12-2 since Cunneyowrth was named interim head coach on December 17, but has caught fire of late, riding a four-game win streak heading into Monday's tilt.

Spacek reiterated his belief that the team could perform under an English-speaking bench boss.

"Hire an interpreter," he said. "You can have a good coach and it doesn't have to be a French-speaking coach. But I know the community here is more French-speaking and I respect that, too."

Spacek praised the fans' enthusiasm, but reiterated his stance that the team was in disarray when he was dealt.

"This city is always special to play in," Spacek said. "If the hockey doesn't go well, it's a mess, as I said."

*and a hell of a job there Beaubie on your thread......very niceeeeee.:D

Wise words from the Spacho Man

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- Schultz and White expected to be in the warm-up but will be game-time decisions.

- Schultz is not expected to play and White may be inserted in place of Palushaj alongside Eller and LL.

- RC is again expected to go with 7 D men and 11 forwards.

This would be 4 games in 4 nights for White and Schultz if they play.

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Merci all :)

And just in case any one was wondering 8am midterms were created in hell. That is all.

I don't know about Carolina. I feel like we are very similar to them but then I look at our individual pieces and I feel like we are not similar at all.

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Yup. Just a peculiar time to call guys up if there was no intent to play them...

Makes me wonder if someone is banged up and we don't know it. White is probably up to stay regardless, but Schultz was a bit of an eyebrow raiser.

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Makes me wonder if someone is banged up and we don't know it. White is probably up to stay regardless, but Schultz was a bit of an eyebrow raiser.

That was one of my thoughts too. The only guy I know of suspected of playing hurt right now is Cole, which I hope is not serious enough to warrant a game-time decision.

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