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Thu, 19 Mar 2015 Hurricanes @ Canadiens 7:30 PM EST RDS Sportsnet East FS-Carolinas TSN 690


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HURRICANES (26-34-9) at CANADIENS (44-20-7)

TV: RDS, Sportsnet East, FOX Sports Carolinas
Radio: TSN 690 CKGM, 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio

Canadiens Last 5: 2-2-1 (W1)
Hurricanes Last 5: 1-2-2 (OT1)

Canadiens: 16.0 PP (26th), 84.4% PK (6th), 2.55 Goals/G (22nd), 2.20 Goals Against/G (1st), 28.4 Shots/G (25th), 30.7 Shots Against/G (23rd), 48.5 5-on-5 Corsi for % (23rd), 48.9 5-on-5 Fenwick for % (21st)

Hurricanes: 19.4% PP (9th), 85 PK (5th), 2.29 Goals/G (26th), 2.65 Goals Against/G (18th), 30.4 Shots/G (14th), 27.4 Shots Against/G (4th), 51.8 5-on-5 Corsi for % (10th), 51.5 5-on-5 Fenwick for % (12th)

Season series: Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price allowed one goal in each of his two wins against the Carolina Hurricanes. Price has made 53 saves on 55 Hurricanes shots he has faced, including a 28-save effort in Montreal's 3-1 win at PNC Arena on Dec. 29. Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk had his first career hat trick against Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward in the Canadiens' 4-1 win at Bell Centre on Dec. 16.

Hurricanes team scope: Defenseman John-Michael Liles will not face Montreal because of a lower-body injury so defenseman Danny Biega, a Montreal native, was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. He will join his teammates in Montreal on Thursday and is looking to make his NHL debut. Goalie Cam Ward is ill and not ready to play, so Anton Khudobin will make his third start in a row. Coach Bill Peters is confident his players will compete down to the wire despite Carolina's all-but-mathematical elimination from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. "Somebody called me (Tuesday) and said, 'What are you guys trying to do down the stretch?' And I said, 'We're trying to win,'" Peters said following Carolina's 2-1 overtime loss at home to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. "We're going to play hard, we're going to compete."

Leading Scorer: Justin Faulk (14-31-45)
Ice Time Leader: Justin Faulk (24:22)

Canadiens team scope: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien gave his players Wednesday off as Montreal returned from a three-game road trip. Canadiens forward Brandon Prust set up Montreal's first two goals in a 3-2 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Tuesday. "It makes the road trip a lot better, going home with four points out of six," Prust said. "We talked about that before the game, going home on a positive note; take the energy back home and get a couple of wins." Price, who is expected to start against Carolina, got a rare night off Tuesday. Backup goalie Dustin Tokarski made a career-high 41 saves for his sixth win. He became the first rookie to record 40 saves or more in a game for the Canadiens since Price on Nov. 27, 2007.

Leading Scorer: Max Pacioretty (34-26-60)
Ice Time Leader: P.K. Subban (26:11)

All Time Record vs. Carolina: 104-59-20-6 (.619 Point %)

Last Meeting: 29/12/14

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MTL 3 - CAR 1
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I wonder if the team had considered giving Tokarski another start? Probably pretty unlikely, but he was stellar in Florida with little support, and I'm a huge proponent of resting your starter as the post-season approaches. Arguably, tonight should be an easier game... :mellow:

This is one of the many reasons I'm a fan and could never be a coach. I know it's all about team success but I can't help but want to see Price at least match the franchise record for goaltender wins. He only needs 4 more, 5 to set it outright. I'd be sorely tempted to start him as often as necessary to allow that to happen.

Of course, in the long run, your line of thought is probably the best.

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I wonder if the team had considered giving Tokarski another start? Probably pretty unlikely, but he was stellar in Florida with little support, and I'm a huge proponent of resting your starter as the post-season approaches. Arguably, tonight should be an easier game... :mellow:

Yeah, it should be easier, but the Canes are a bottom dweller and we all know the odds are in their favour to win. Anyway, GO HABS GO!!!!!

This is one of the many reasons I'm a fan and could never be a coach. I know it's all about team success but I can't help but want to see Price at least match the franchise record for goaltender wins. He only needs 4 more, 5 to set it outright. I'd be sorely tempted to start him as often as necessary to allow that to happen.

Of course, in the long run, your line of thought is probably the best.

Yup.....he may never get the chance again.

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I wonder if the team had considered giving Tokarski another start? Probably pretty unlikely, but he was stellar in Florida with little support, and I'm a huge proponent of resting your starter as the post-season approaches. Arguably, tonight should be an easier game... :mellow:

This is one of the many reasons I'm a fan and could never be a coach. I know it's all about team success but I can't help but want to see Price at least match the franchise record for goaltender wins. He only needs 4 more, 5 to set it outright. I'd be sorely tempted to start him as often as necessary to allow that to happen.

Of course, in the long run, your line of thought is probably the best.

I think it really comes down to Price, Waite and the coaching staff. Im sure Price wants to play. He probably wants to play every game. With what, 11 games left to go there's ample time to match or break the record even with time off, so im not too concerned about tonight. Its basically impossible for him to reach Brodeur's league wide record (he'd need 10 wins in 11 games) but its theoretically possible to finish in the top 5 all time (breaking the Habs record in doing so).

That said, Waite probably is the most objective source with regards to whether he should rest or not. And it may well be in his (Carey's) best interest not to rest, as he clearly seems to play better without long breaks. Id put my faith in Waite being able to make the objective decision on the matter.

I think as long as he doesnt seem warn out and he is not nursing any kind of minor injury, id give him the games if he wants them.

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