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Montreal a Good Test for Canes

Tuesday, 11.18.2008 / 11:37 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Montreal a Good Test for Canes

The Canes will get a good test tonight from the Montreal Canadiens as they try to build some momentum from Sunday’s shootout win over Tampa Bay.

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Montreal has slowed down somewhat since their 7-1-1 start to the season and is just 3-3-1 in November.  Part of the reason for that is that their slumping power play (26th in the NHL) has caught up to them.  They’re scoreless through their last four games spanning 20 chances.

Still, they have all the tools to make things tough on the Hurricanes

“We certainly respect their team and what they bring,” said Peter Laviolette.  “The skill, the skating and the defense – they bring a real well-coached, executed game and that’s why they’re having success this year.

”They’re a good challenge for us.  I like the games where we play teams that are on their toes and we’re on their toes – it makes for an exciting brand of hockey.”

Although Carolina lost the previous meeting with the Canadiens on October 28 in a shootout, Laviolette was happy with the showing and will hope for more of the same tonight.

”I like the way we played,” said Laviolette.  “I didn’t like the result and I didn’t like the score, but I certainly liked the way we played the game.”

One thing that jumps out when looking at the Canadiens’ tendencies thus far is their ability to protect leads.  Montreal is 7-0-1 when scoring first and undefeated when leading after the first and second periods.  That could cause the Hurricanes trouble if they continue to give up the first goal, which they’ve done in each of their last three games.

Some Montreal links from the morning:

The GazetteMontreal trying out new line combinations, Carey Price gets the start in goal and … Patrick Eaves on a five-game scoring streak?
 
Canadiens.com - Plekanec plays well against Carolina, Cullen is the Canes’ post-Cole Habs-killer

Justin Williams update:

He was on the ice again this morning, skating with extra defenseman Josef Melichar.

”It’s good to see him on the ice,” said Laviolette.  “He’s such a good kid and he’s a real good player for us.  I still think he’s a ways away, but he can get into that boot and he can skate and his tendon is OK, but it’s going to be a while before the competitive part comes into play.”

“For him, missing all of the end of last year and then coming into camp in tremendous [shape] and really excited and ready to play and then to be knocked out again, he was not very happy.  For him to be back in that situation where he’s at least on the ice, feeling his equipment on and the sweat coming off his brow, that’s a real good thing and he’s really positive about it.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72