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Game Day Canes at Devils: MJ Returns

MJ is back as the Canes wrap up their weekend against the Devils tonight.

Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils
February 21, 2015 - 7:00 pm ET
Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - In Lou We Trust

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Devils
Record 21-29-7 23-26-9
Points 49 55
Division Rank 8th Metro 7th Metro
Conference Rank 15th EC 13th EC
Streak Won 1 Won 2

Power Play % 18.0% 20.1%
Penalty Kill % 87.6% 79.2%
Goals/Game 2.19 2.17
Goals Against/Game 2.63 2.60
Shots/Game 30.0 24.2
Shots Against/Game 27.9 30.5
ES Goals For % 42.3% 48.5%
ES Corsi For % 51.2% 47.3%
ES PDO 97.1 100.8
PIM/Game 7.2 9.3

Goaltender Ward Schneider
Record 15-19-4 21-22-5
ES Save Percentage .913 .935
GAA 2.39 2.27

Goaltender Khudobin Kincaid
Record 6-10-3 2-4-3
ES Save Percentage .904 .920
GAA 2.71 2.76

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • The Canes and Devils have met twice this season, each winning on the other's home ice. The Devils won in Raleigh on December 8th by a 2-1 score, then the Canes defeated the Devils in a 2-1 shootout on December 23rd.
  • The shootout loss was the last for Pete DeBoer, as he was relieved of his head coaching responsibilities the day after Christmas. In his place, general manager Lou Lamoriello has stepped in behind the bench in an interim role, along with Adam Oates and Scott Stevens. Since the coaching change the Devils are 11-9-2 and have climbed one spot in the Eastern Conference standings. They are 10 points out of a playoff spot.
  • Both the Canes and Devils enter tonight's game on the back half of a back-to-back series and with wins in their pockets. Eric and Jordan Staal stepped up on the score sheet, Cam Ward was solid in net with 23 saves, and while it wasn't an 'A' game performance it was good enough to beat the Maple Leafs 2-1.
  • For the Devils, it was a special win for Cory Schneider as he defeated his former team, the Canucks, 4-2. His teammates helped by scoring more than one goal for the first time in the last five games. Mike Cammalleri scored two goals to reach 20 for the season, a milestone he's achieved seven times. He leads the Devils in goals scored and is tied for the league lead with eight game-winners.
  • Rookie Keith Kincaid has been tagged to start tonight's game, his eighth start of the season. Kincaid has not previously faced the Canes in his NHL career. The Devils aren't skating this morning so any other changes to their line-up from last night's game won't be known until closer to game time.
  • Head coach Bill Peters had previously stated he expected defenseman Michal Jordan to re-join the roster, and he did so just a few minutes ago, recalled this morning by the Hurricanes. Jordan was sent to Charlotte earlier in the week to help a depleted Checkers roster, but with a back-to-back scenario and no extra defensemen, his help is needed again with the NHL squad. As to how the roster move affects tonight's line-up, we'll pass along information as it becomes available. The Canes will take the ice for their morning skate at 11:30 am.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (from Friday's game)

Eric Staal - Jordan Staal - Jiri Tlusty
Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe - Victor Rask - Elias Lindholm
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Andrej Nestrasil

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - John-Michael Liles
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Ryan Murphy (IR leg), Patrick Dwyer, Chris Terry

Devils (from Friday's game):

Tuomo Ruutu - Scott Gomez - Jaromir Jagr
Adam Henrique - Patrik Elias - Steve Bernier
Mike Cammalleri - Travis Zajac - Jordin Tootoo
Dainius Zubrus - Jacob Josefson - Stephen Gionta

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson
Jon Merrill - Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas - Peter Harrold

Keith Kincaid
Cory Schneider

Injuries and Scratches: Bryce Salvador (back), Damon Severson (ankle), Martin Havlat, Michael Ryder, Mark Fraser