Carolina Hurricanes vs. Montreal Canadiens
Tip-off: Monday, February 18, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
YouWager experts believe that perhaps an unbalanced loss may have been one of the best things to happen to the Montreal Canadiens. The NHL team has won three in a row since that heart-wrenching defeat and will look to continue the run tonight when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes, with a defenseman’s recent offensive surge, will be looking to extend their victory streak to four games, as well.
The Canadiens’ roll comes right after a three-game losing streak that included a 6-0 home defeat versus the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 9. After allowing 12 goals during that skid, Montreal has held their last three rivals to a total of four.
However, Montreals’ roster took a few lumps in a 4-1 home win against the over Philadelphia during the weekend.
Brendan Gallagher recorded his fifth goal and third assist of the hockey season, however the rookie suffered a concussion on a hit in the third period. According to coach Michel Therrien, yesterday Gallagher felt better, but the team would follow NHL protocol and make sure he’s fully recovered.
Alexei Emelin and Max Pacioretty were unable to finish the game due to upper-body injuries but both practiced Sunday. Pacioretty needed stitches after being cut by a skate and said he would see how he feels for tonight’s game.
The Canadiens (9-4-1) and their online betting fans would like to see its power play return to the form it showed in the first seven games, scoring 11 goals on 41 opportunities. Montreal has one goal in 18 chances over the last four games, but the unit could wake up against the Hurricanes penalty kill that has allowed six goals on their opponents’ last 11 power plays.
Carolina (8-4-1) has seen success away from home, going 4-0-1 in their last five on the road while scoring 20 goals.
The Hurricanes won five of six overall and now look to match their longest winning streak from all of last season.
Defenseman Joe Corvo has been vital during the surge with five points in four games since being a healthy scratch for three straight contests Feb. 2-7. the 35 year-old had one point in his first five games but sitting out three in a row seemed to re-ignite him.
These hockey teams split four meetings last season.