Game Preview by Sam Gerber
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Montreal committed a horrible line change which led to a too many men penalty ending the chances of any comeback. But the lack of scoring throughout the game was their downfall.

For a complete recap: Good Start But Habs Can’t Score

Players to watch

  • Noah Hanifin
    Hanifin is turning into a top defenseman with his speed being his biggest weapon.
  • Alex Galchenyuk
    Galchenyuk needs to take the next step in his development by proving that he can be a consistent scorer.
  • Charles Hudon
    Hudon may get a chance at centre and will have to focus on his defensive responsibilities which have been a struggle this season.

Keys to Victory

  • Take high-quality shots
    The Canadiens must drive to the net and not settle for perimeter shots to improve their scoring woes.
  • Keep your focus
    The Habs must avoid the lapses that have caused them to give up goals at bad times.
  • Dictate the game
    The Canadiens must set the pace and force the opposition into a defensive posture.
Matchup by All Habs staff
PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC | February 1, 7:00 PM ET | TV: TSN2, RDS, FS-SE

2017-18 statistics

HURRICANES CANADIENS
54 (23rd) Points (rank) 46 (28th)
23-19-8 Record 20-24-6
11-7-4 Home/Away 8-14-1
4-6-0 Last 10 4-4-2
2.72 GF/G 2.56
3.04 GA/G 3.14
19.4 PP% 19.9
77.5 PK% 78.1
 53.73  CF%  51.15
 
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Aho – Staal – Lindholm
Teravainen -Rask – Williams
Skinner – Ryan – Stempniak
Nordstrom – Kruger – McGinn
Pacioretty – Byron – Hudon
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Deslauriers
Lehkonen – Plekanec – Gallagher
De La Rose – Froese – Carr
Defensemen
Slavin – Pesce
Fleury – Faulk
Hanifin – van Riemsdyk
Alzner – Petry
Mete – Benn
Morrow – Jerabek
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Jooris, Dahlbeck, Di Giuseppe
Injured: 
Scratched: Schlemko, L. Shaw
Injured: Weber, Hemsky, Danault, A. Shaw
Goalies
Cam Ward Carey Price
Record: 14-6-2
GAA: 2.78
Sv%: .907
SO: 1
Alternate: Scott Darling
Record: 14-18-4
GAA: 2.00
Sv%: .905
SO: 1
Alternate: Antti Niemi
 What to Expect
Prediction: Canadiens 2  Hurricanes 1 

After a high scoring game between these same two teams a week ago, there should be an emphasis on defense tonight. Special teams should be a big factor, with each team having a decent power-play and questionable penalty-kill.

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