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Game Day Canes vs. Devils: Musical Chairs Edition

The Canes wrap up a five-game home stand tonight against the Metro rival Devils. There are a lot of moving parts on both rosters.

As far as I know, these two are in the Devils line-up tonight. One will be playing in his 1500th NHL game.
As far as I know, these two are in the Devils line-up tonight. One will be playing in his 1500th NHL game.
Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils
December 8, 2014 - 7:00 pm ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - In Lou We Trust

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Devils
Record 8-15-3 10-13-4
Points 19 24
Division Rank 8th Metro 5th Metro
Conference Rank 16th EC 12th EC
Streak Lost 2 Lost 1

Power Play % 20.5% 20.7%
Penalty Kill % 84.5% 74.3%
Goals/Game 2.23 2.33
Goals Against/Game 2.77 2.82
Shots/Game 29.7 26.8
Shots Against/Game 28.4 30.3
ES Goals For % 42.7% 50.6%
ES Corsi For % 51.6% 51.1%
PIM/Game 8.0 9.3

Goaltender Ward Schneider
Record 8-9-1 10-12-3
ES Save Percentage .911 .932
GAA 2.51 2.57

Goaltender Khudobin Clemmensen
Record 0-6-2 0-0-1
ES Save Percentage .901 .897
GAA 2.88 4.71

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • Tonight's game is the first of four this season between the Metro Division rivals. The Devils held the upper hand in last season's series, claiming three wins to one for the Canes.
  • The Hurricanes end a five-game home stand tonight. They are 1-3-0 so far in the home series and tonight's game wraps up their seventh of fourteen sets of back-to-back games. After last night's 3-1 loss to Detroit, the Canes are 3-4-0 on the first half of their back-to-backs, and 1-4-1 on the second half.
  • There are a few unknowns as to how the roster is going to set up tonight. Eric Staal limped off the ice last night after getting hit by a shot from Justin Faulk and was later seen on crutches, but he was able to take part in the morning skate. He will be a game-time decision. Alexander Semin will not be in the line-up tonight, citing an injury concern (EBI). Jeff Skinner did not skate this morning but is not reported to be out. Chris Terry and Brad Malone were healthy scratches last night but should draw back in tonight.
  • On defense, Ron Hainsey and John-Michael Liles did not skate this morning but neither was considered as a concern for tonight. Brett Bellemore, still listed on injured reserve, got in extra practice as did Tim Gleason, so he is likely to be out tonight with Jay Harrison back in.
  • Cam Ward did not skate this morning either, but he has been announced as the starter in net tonight. It will be Wardo's 19th start. He faced 22 shots and surrendered three goals in the loss to Detroit last night.
  • The New Jersey Devils come into tonight's game off a 4-1 home loss to the Capitals on Saturday night and losses in six out of their last seven games. The Devils are not particularly strong on offense, 23rd in the league in goals/game and 29th in shots/game, they own the 29th ranked penalty kill, and they have struggled to maintain a lead. Tonight's game won't have quite the quick pace seen last night from the Red Wings.
  • The Devils have several shifts in their line-up tonight as well owing to recent injures and illnesses. Patrik Elias is out with an aggravation of a recurring groin injury. Mike Cammalleri, the Devils' leading goal-scorer (11g, 15pts) is also out with a lower body concern (aptly described here). Adam Larssen and Travis Zajac (also injured) are ill and are being tested for mumps. After clearing waivers on Sunday, Damien Brunner has been reassigned to the AHL Albany Devils. Martin Havlat returns tonight from injured reserve (lower body).
  • Congratulations to Jaromir Jagr who is playing in his 1500th NHL game tonight.
  • Cory Schneider has started in 26 of 27 games for the Devils, including the last six straight, and leads the league in starts (obviously) and saves (686). He'll get his 27th start of the season tonight.
  • Devils' lines, courtesy of Tom Gulitti of The Record:

The Canes are in the midst of a holiday season toy drive. Come early and bring unwrapped toys to tonight's game to get a buy-one-get-one-free voucher to the game, and enter to win a team-signed jersey. Good seats are still available.