The Carolina Hurricanes are off to a strong start to their regular season with two consecutive victories. Carolina opened the season at home with a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders and followed that with a victory on the road over the Nashville Predators. Carolina was tied late in its game with Nashville, but Andrei Svechnikov and Tuevo Teravainen scored late to help lead the Hurricanes to the win. Carolina goalie Frederik Andersen made 38 saves. The only player listed as out on Carolina's injury report is Jamieson Rees.
Montreal is off to a terrible start as the Canadians have lost each of their first four games of the regular season. Montreal’s most recent loss was 5-0 at the hands of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Montreal took only 21 shots in the entire game and could not put any past Sharks’ net minder Adin Hill. Canadians goalie Jake Allen faced 25 shots in net and stopped 20. Montreal reached the Stanley Cup finals last season before losing to Tampa Bay but has started the season with four consecutive losses for the first time in 26 years. Montreal will play without Joel Edmundson, Joel Teasdale and Mike Hoffman.
Hurricanes Playing Well at both ends of the iceCaroline is off to a strong start with two consecutive victories and the Hurricanes are scoring an average of 4.50 goals per game after scoring six on opening night in their victory over the New York Islanders and 3 in their victory over the Nashville Predators in the second game of the season. Andrei Svenchikov is the leading goal scorer for Carolina with 3 while Jordan Staal has a team-best two assists. Svechnikov is the team leader in overall points with 4. Carolina must improve its power play as the Hurricanes are scoring only 22.2% of the time with the man advantage.
In their own end of the ice, the Hurricanes are also playing well. Carolina is allowing an average of 2.50 goals per game after giving up three on opening night to the Islanders and holding the Predators to just two goals. Carolina's penalty-kill unit has been perfect this season, holding opponents scoreless 100% of the time when short-handed. Carolina goaltender Frederick Andersen it is 2-0-0 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .926 save percentage
Canadiens Start is worst since 1995Montreal has had a dreadful start to its regular season after reaching the Stanley Cup finals last season. Montreal is having major problems in the attack zone as the Canadiens have scored a total of just three goals in four games, averaging 0.75 goals per game. Jonathan Drouin has scored two of Montreal's three goals this season, while Christian Devorak has scored the other goal. Brett Kulak has two assists to lead Montreal and is tied with Drouin with the overall lead in points with two each. Montreal's power play unit has yet to score this season.
The Canadians are also struggling in their own end of the ice allowing 15 goals through the first four games of the regular season. The Canadians have given up five goals to both the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks. Montreal is allowing an average of 3.75 goals per game through the first four games of the regular season. The Canadiens penalty-kill unit has been successful 58.8% of the time. Jake Allen is 0-3-0 with a 3.05 goals-against average and .885 save percentage. Allen has played respectable in net but has received little to no goal-support from his teammates.
- Montreal is 0-5 in the last 5
- The Canadiens are 0-4 in the last four against an Eastern Conference team
- Carolina is 5-1 in the last six against a team with a losing record
- The Hurricanes are 16-5 in the last 21 played on Thursday