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Canadiens vs Hurricanes game thread

Jordan Staal returns to the Hurricanes to give them some punch upfront, Plekanec finds a new winger, and Beaulieu and Gonchar team up on the back end tonight in Raleigh.

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The Hurricanes get some semblance of a big line tonight with the return of Jordan Staal to the line-up. Staal joins his brother Eric and former Sabre Nathan Gerbe on the top line giving the Sabres a legitimate offensive force something the Canes have lacked this year. Jordan Staal has missed the entirety of the season to this point and Alexander Semin and Jiri Tlusty have been in out of the lineup with injuries so Carolina really hasn't had some of its bigger weapons available on a nightly basis.

It looks like Nathan Beaulieu will be skating alongside Sergei Gonchar on the back end giving the Canadiens a nice rookie-veteran second pairing like Subban-Markov lite. David Desharnais will skate on Plekanec's left side with PA Parenteau on his right. Lars Eller will centre Jiri Sekac and Brandon Prust and Malhotra will be between Andrighetto and Weise.

Carey Price will face off against Cam Ward in nets.

Jiri Tlusty also makes his return tonight giving the Canes some punch and experience in their bottom six. Eric Staal plays in his 800th game for the franchise joining only two others at that plateau. Can you name the other two former Whalers/Hurricanes on that list?

Puck drop is at 7:00 PM ET (8 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
David Desharnais Tomas Plekanec PA Parenteau
Jiri Sekac Lars Eller Brandon Prust
Sven Andrighetto Manny Malhotra Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Nathan Beaulieu Sergei Gonchar
Alexei Emelin Tom Gilbert
Carey Price
Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Michael BournivalMike Weaver, Bryan Allen,

Here they are, rock you like a Hurricane:

Carolina Hurricanes Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Eric Staal Jordan Staal
Chris Terry Nathan Gerbe
Jeff Skinner Riley Nash
Elias Lindholm
Chris Terry Victor Rask Jiri Tlusty
Brad Malone
Jay McClement
Pat Dwyer
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrej Sekera
Justin Falk
Tim Gleason Michal Jordan
Ron Hainsey
Brett Bellemore
Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Zach Boychuk

Injured: Alexander Semin, Andrej NestrasilJohn-Michael Liles

Check out the opposing side at Canes Country