Carolina caught a break on Tuesday night
when the Sabres lost and they closed to within three points, tonight they will try to break down Price and the Montreal Canadiens.
Both teams have six games remaining and the Hurricanes
will look to climb even closer when they host the Montreal Canadiens on
Wednesday night but they might find the going tough against a team they have
yet to defeat in three meetings this season.
Canadiens Can Win Because…:
The Hurricanes don’t really beat elite teams.
While the ‘Canes did get a win against a team with a
winning record on Tuesday night when they upended the Washington Capitals, that
was just their 10th win in 34 tries against a team above .500.
Montreal has had some recent goal scoring woes but
Carolina hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire themselves. They have
averaged just 2.4 goals per game over their 14 contests, which would rank them
24th overall in the NHL. Solving Carey Price won’t be easy as the
Habs netminder has a career GAA of 2.43 against the Hurricanes with a .924 save
The Habs have won all three meetings this season and
haven’t had many problems in doing so. They have outscored Carolina 14-7 in
those three contests.
Hurricanes Can Win Because…:
They are streaking right now.
The Carolina Hurricanes have won four of their last five games
including an impressive come-from-behind win against the Washington Capitals on
Tuesday night. Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner tied the game with less than two
minutes to go and then scored the shootout winner to give Carolina the 3-2
More importantly, their win combined with a Buffalo
Sabres loss moved them three points out of eighth place in the Eastern
Goaltender Cam Ward has been a brick wall in the month of
March as he posted a GAA of 2.18 this month. Now if he can just get some
offensive support, the Hurricanes playoff run might have some credence.
Montreal has had plenty of goal scoring issues of their
own and the three they scored in their 3-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on
Tuesday were their first tallies in four games.
But goal scoring hasn’t been their only issue. Netminder
Carey Price has struggled as well. Tuesday’s win was just his first in five
outings and his third in his last nine. In that span, he has a GAA of 3.25,
which is much higher than his 2.40 average on the season.
Outlook & NHL Betting
Picking a side seems like a dicey proposition in this
contest. The Habs should be the play because they are the better team and the
Hurricanes don’t fare well against winning teams but Carolina is playing well
right now and the situation is more urgent for them than it is Montreal.
At the same time, take a look at the under in this
contest. Neither team is scoring very much these days and when you factor that
there are two good goaltenders in this game, this game should stay under the number.
Seven of the last 11 meetings have stayed under and Wednesday should add to