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Tracking the Storm

Montreal Struggling to Score Goals

Tuesday, 12.16.2008 / 11:31 AM / 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.
Paul Branecky
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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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 62 12 28 -18 40
E. Staal 57 18 20 -12 38
E. Lindholm 61 11 16 -18 27
J. Skinner 57 16 10 -17 26
N. Gerbe 58 7 16 -10 23
R. Nash 59 7 15 -10 22
V. Rask 60 8 12 -16 20
J. McClement 62 6 13 3 19
J. Staal 26 4 12 -4 16
A. Nestrasil 34 4 11 4 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 17 20 4 .911 2.43
A. Khudobin 7 11 3 .905 2.61