Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens-Carolina Hurricanes game at the Bell Center on Thursday (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio):
The fight: This is the second of three matches between these teams, and hurricanes were 2-1 winners at Bell Center on November 27th. It was the night when defender Shea Weber returned to lineup after almost a year and he showed no signs of rust. Unfortunately for Canadiens, Carolina Goaltender Curtis McElhinney was even better and stopped 48 shots to ensure victory. Montreal comes from a loss in 7-1 in Minnesota Tuesday, while Hurricanes lost 4-1 to Toronto Maple Leafs in Raleigh.
Gut check: After Tuesday's loss, fierce winger Brendan Gallagher said that Thursday's game could go either. He said Canadians can collide or they can show some signs of a comeback performance. The Minnesota game exposed Canada's lack of size in front and Wild did a good job of not allowing Habs to use their speed. While Montreal outshot Minnesota for most of the game, Canadians had only a few degrees A scoring chances and no odd-man rushes.
Special Team Despair: The very malignant Montreal punishment was an excellent Sunday in Chicago, which restricted Blackhawks to a goal of eight options. But it was back to normal vs Wild, who had four power play and scored on all of them. The terrible performance dropped Montreal PK to 26 in NHL with a success rate of 76 percent. Power play is even worse, ranking 30th and converting to a 13.5-per-cent clip.
Shaw on a whim: Andrew Shaw picked up an assistant at Canada's goal by Jeff Petry, and extended his consecutive game scoring streak to five. He has a goal and four assistants in that team. Shaw has 18 points in 27 matches after scoring 20 points in 51 matches last season. Petry also sets up. He has five goals and 22 points, and he is ahead of last season when he had a career high 42 points. In defense he is minus-3, but it's much better than last season when he finished minus -30.
The other guys: Look for McElhinney to get a recurring look for hurricanes, five points behind Montreal in the wild-card race with two games in hand. McElhinney, who missed a week with a lower body injury, has a 7-3-1 record with a 2.36 goal-against average and a .920-percent stake. Sebastian Aho, 21-year-old Finn, leads the hurricanes in scoring with 28 points, including eight goals. Michael Ferland is Hurricane's top goal scorer with 11. Russian Andrei Svechnikov, who was number 2 this year's draft, has six goals and 13 points.