GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens

Game 1 - Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Series “B”
Saturday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 52-21-8 (112 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Sabres: 51-24-6 (108 pts.), Northeast Division, 2nd place

Tonight's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens play Game 1 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series on Saturday at the RBC Center (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network). The teams will practice at the RBC Center on Sunday – Carolina 11 a.m., Montreal 1:15 p.m. – and will face off again at the RBC Center on Monday in Game 2 of the series (7 p.m., FSN South, Hurricanes Radio Network).

Television: FSN
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Against the Canadiens

The Hurricanes and the Canadiens met four times during the 2005-06 regular season, with Carolina taking all four meetings between the teams. The Hurricanes outscored Montreal 25-9 in the season series, with the biggest victory coming on Jan. 31 at the Bell Centre by an 8-2 margin. Carolina scored home-ice wins on Dec. 31 (5-3) and Jan. 23 (7-3), and a 5-1 win on March 16 at the Bell Centre in the teams’ most recent meeting. Justin Williams led all Hurricanes with nine points (3g, 6a) in the four-game season series while Tomas Plekanec (2g, 1a) and Francis Bouillon (1g, 2a) paced the Canadiens with three points each. Martin Gerber posted a 3-0-0 record and a 2.00 goals-against average against Montreal in 2005-06, while Jose Theodore assumed three of the Canadiens’ four losses. For a detailed breakdown of the 2005-06 series between the teams, please go to page 98 in the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes Playoff Guide. This marks the seventh all-time playoff series between the Carolina franchise and Montreal.

The last time the teams met in the postseason was in the 2002 Eastern Conference Semifinals, a 4-2 Hurricanes series win. The Hurricanes franchise posts a 12-21 all-time record against the Canadiens in the playoffs, including an 8-7 home record and a 4-14 record in Montreal.

Injury Report

  • Right wing Ray Whitney, day-to-day, lower body injury – missed last 6 games of the regular season
  • Left wing Erik Cole, no timetable, fractured vertebra, missed the last 21 games of the regular season

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

April 22 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
April 23 RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
April 24 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
April 25 RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
April 26 Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.
April 27 Bell Centre 1:15 p.m.
April 28 Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.
April 29 RBC Center 12:00 p.m.
April 30 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
May 1 RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
May 2 Bell Centre 11:30 a.m.
May 3 RBC Center 12:00 p.m.
May 4 RBC Center 10:30 a.m.

*All times are local… Times and locations subject to change

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
82
45
55
100
11 Williams
82
31
45
76
61 Stillman
72
21
55
76
17 Brind'Amour
78
31
39
70

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
60
2.78
38-14-6
.906
30 Ward
28
3.68
14-8-2
.882


Canadiens
GP
G
A
PTS
27 Kovalev
69
23
42
65
11 Koivu
72
17
45
62
73 Ryder
81
30
25
55

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
39 Huet
36
2.20
18-11-4
.929
30 Aebischer
50
3.09
29-17-2
.899
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