The Montreal Canadiens are hoping to develop some
A meeting with the sliding Carolina Hurricanes may be just what
The Canadiens attempt to rebound from a disappointing
performance and conclude 2013 on a positive note Tuesday night by
sending the Hurricanes to their longest losing streak of the
Montreal (23-14-3) is averaging 1.6 goals while losing five of
nine after scoring 3.3 per game during a 9-0-1 stretch.
After back-to-back wins at Nashville and Tampa Bay, the
Canadiens surrendered three unanswered goals Sunday in a 4-1 loss
at Florida, the fourth stop on a six-game trip.
“We’re all battling. We all want to win,” left wing Max
Pacioretty told the team’s official website. “We all want to play
the right way. It’s just frustrating that we’re not really finding
Montreal was held without a power-play goal for the fourth
straight game and is 3 for 34 with the man advantage over the past
“Especially on these road trips, you want to salvage as many
points as you can,” defenseman P.K. Subban said. “For us, it’s just
a matter of playing the game we know we need to play in order to
win and to be successful. When we do those things, we’re successful
more often than not.
“We have to continue to bring that work ethic and continue to
put pucks deep and be a tough team to play against. We’ve got to
That’s certainly been the case against the Hurricanes (14-16-9).
Montreal has outscored them 11-3 while winning three straight
meetings, including a 4-1 victory in the most recent matchup April
Pacioretty scored twice in that game, giving him three goals and
one assist in the past three. He’s surely looking for another big
effort against Carolina after being kept off the score sheet for
two straight games, while posting a season-worst minus-3 rating
Carey Price figures to be back in net Tuesday after Peter Budaj
made 21 saves against the Panthers. Price has won four of five
starts overall and is 4-1-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and
one shutout in his last five against Carolina.
The Hurricanes have dropped eight of nine (1-4-4), including a
season high-tying five in a row. They haven’t endured a longer
slide since losing seven straight April 1-11, a stretch that
started in Montreal.
Carolina’s struggles continued with Sunday’s 5-2 defeat at
Toronto despite a 43-27 shot advantage.
“We had enough chances to win a hockey game,” coach Kirk Muller
said. “The chances were there. They scored and we didn’t.”
Nathan Gerbe, who had a goal Sunday, has been a rare bright spot
recently. The left wing has three goals and three assists over the
past six games, including four points in the last three.
Gerbe, though, has had little success against the Canadiens,
totaling four points in 14 meetings while failing to score a goal
in eight straight.
Jeff Skinner, the Hurricanes’ leader with 14 goals, hasn’t
scored in six matchups.
Carolina needs better play from top goaltender Cam Ward, who is
1-4-1 with a 3.85 GAA in his last six starts. Backup Justin Peters
has been much sharper lately, going 1-2-3 with a 2.45 GAA in his