Carolina Hurricanes at Montreal Canadiens (-140, 5.5)
The Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes will both be trying for their fourth straight victory when they meet in Montreal on Monday. The Hurricanes have won each of their last three games by a two-goal margin, while the Canadiens defeated Tampa Bay 4-3 in a shootout and Florida 1-0 in overtime before posting a 4-1 home win over Philadelphia on Saturday. Backup goaltender Peter Budaj made 18 saves in that game for his first victory of the season. Montreal forward Rene Bourque has goals in his last two games, scoring the overtime winner against Florida and adding a late goal on Saturday.
Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty has four goals in the last three games, while captain Eric Staal is riding a 10-game point streak during which he has all of his team-leading 17 points this season. Staal has a goal and four assists in the winning streak. Starting goaltender Cam Ward is 4-0-1 in his last five starts with a .927 save percentage after starting the season 1-3-1. Carolina defenseman Joe Corvo has responded to being a healthy scratch for three games with two goals and four assists in his last five games. Corvo had a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over Toronto on Thursday.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, NHL Network (U.S.), Fox Sports Carolinas (Carolina), TSN Habs (Montreal)
ABOUT THE HURRICANES (8-4-1): Jeff Skinner leads the team with five power-play points and 57 shots. Skinner is second behind Staal with 14 points thus far. Carolina was 4-1-1 on a recent six-game road trip to improve its away record to 5-2-1 this season. Jordan Staal leads the team with 10 assists and is tied with defenseman Tim Gleason for the team lead with 24 hits. Carolina is 3-for-8 with the man advantage in its last two games.
ABOUT THE CANADIENS (9-4-1): Carey Price is 8-3-0 on the season and made 26 saves against Florida for his first shutout of the season. Tomas Plekanec leads the team with 12 points. Rookie Alex Galchenyuk has eight points, but only one assist in his last seven games. Montreal is 1-for-18 on the power play in its last four games after starting the season with at least one man-advantage goal in each of its first seven games.
* Hurricanes are 7-1 in their last eight Monday games.
* Canadiens are 5-0 in their last five vs. Southeast foes.
* Under is 4-0 in Hurricanes’ last four vs. Northeast opposition.
* Under is 4-0 in Canadiens’ last four games following a win.
1. Montreal has one win in its last three home games. The Canadiens lost 2-1 to Boston and 6-0 to Toronto before defeating Philadelphia at Bell Centre.
2. The Hurricanes won their last game in Montreal 5-3 on Feb. 13, 2012.
3. Eric Staal has 34 points in 30 career games against the Canadiens. Plekanec has 30 points in 27 career games against the Hurricanes.