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Canadiens vs Hurricanes Game Thread

With the Hurricanes blowing in Montreal hopes to keep the good times rolling at home.

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How are the Caroline Hurricanes built? Well they're made up of a guy the Leafs didn't want (John Michael Liles), a guy the Leafs thought they wanted, but really didn't (Tim Gleason), another guy the Leafs didn't want (Jiri Tlusty), and yet another guy the Leafs didn't want (or couldn't afford) in Jay McClement. Throw in a guy named Michal Jordan who doesn't even wear the number 23 (come on!) and two former Sabres, and you basically have the island of Misfit Toys - don't even get me started on the guy who refused to play for the Mooseheads.

There are some very good pieces on Carolina - Faulk, Lindholm, Skinner at times, the Staals when healthy, but in the end the team looks and plays like a collection of spare parts. A discount store for other teams shopping for something at the deadline. I don't mean this as an offense - this is coming from a team that once featured Oleg Petrov as its leading scorer. We know cast-offs (see: Dackell, Andreas and Kilger, Chad).

Speaking of which*... Bryan Allen has recovered from the flu, so there's a chance he replaces someone on the back end. More news as it becomes available. Mike Weaver and Lars Eller both skated, but wore non-contact jerseys. Eric Tangradi has been recalled, but I envision no circumstances in which he plays in tonight's game. Aside from a possible change on the back end, this will be the same team that faced the Kings on Friday.

*Former Ducks Kilger and Allen - what did you think I meant?

Puck drop is at 7:30 PM ET (9 PM in Newfoundland). You can watch:

In Canada (English): Sportsnet-East
In Canada (French): RDS
In the Canes' Region: FS-CR
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Alex Galchenyuk Brendan Gallagher
Sven Andrighetto Tomas Plekanec Jiri Sekac
Michael Bournival David Desharnais PA Parenteau
Brandon Prust Manny Malhotra Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Sergei Gonchar
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Injured: Mike Weaver, Bryan Allen, Lars Eller

Scratched: Eric Tangradi

As for the Canes, here's how they're shaping up

Carolina Hurricanes Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Zach Boychuk Eric Staal
Chris Terry
Nathan Gerbe Riley Nash
Elias Lindholm
Jeff Skinner
Victor Rask Justin Shugg
Brad Malone
Jay McClement
Pat Dwyer
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrej Sekera
Justin Falk
John-Michael Liles
Tim Gleason
Ron Hainsey
Michal Jordan
Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Jay Harrison

Injured: Jordan Staal, Brett Bellemore, Alexander Semin, Andrej Nestrasil, Jiri Tlusty

Check out the opposing side at Canes Country