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Montreal Struggling to Score Goals

Tuesday, 12.16.2008 / 11:31 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Montreal Struggling to Score Goals
Audio: Paul Maurice | Ron Francis

It’s not the four games in 16 days that the Canes-Flyers series was this season, but we’ve still seen an awful lot of Montreal early in the season.
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The teams play their third game of the season series tonight (the Canes are currently 1-0-1), with the fourth coming at Montreal this coming Sunday. The Habs aren’t quite what they were the first time the two teams met in October, having posted an average 9-7-4 record since November 1.

Like the Canes have at times this season, Montreal is pointing to low scoring output and problems with the power play as reasons for their recent struggles. In three of their last four games, none of them wins, the Canadiens have only managed to score one goal. Additionally, they only have two power play goals in their last eight, and rank 29th in the league with the man-advantage.

On an idividual basis, Alex Kovalev is taking his share of heat from Montreal fans with zero goals in his last 19 games.

Throw in Cam Ward’s career success against Montreal (7-2-2 and a 2.60 GAA), and the stats suggest there sould be few goals against (side note – obviously a lot of French being spoken among the media at this morning’s skate. I only speak a few words, but the name “Cam Ward” repeatedly emerged from the muddle. They are concerned).

Here’s a first: media from the other team giving an advantage to the Hurricanes based on health!  Carey Price, Saku Koivu, Christopher Higgins and Mathieu Dandenault are all out for the Habs. There was talk of Mike Komisarek coming back tonight, but it looks like that won’t happen. He’s been out since mid-November, but as of right now would start in the All-Star game.

As for the Hurricanes health, not to jinx anything, but it’s looking remarkably good at the moment. I actually thought Frank Kaberle had a chance to go tonight based on how he looked at yesterdays’ practice and at this morning’s skate, but that won’t happen tonight. He went through the post-skate scratched players workout along with Wade Brookbank and Anton Babchuk, who is still wearing a non-contact jersey.

Friendly reminder about tonight's toy drive - bring a new, unwrapped toy to the box office before the game and get buy-one-get-one free tickets.  Simple as that.  You can even win an autographed player jersey.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62