Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils
November 8, 2016 - 7:00 PM
Prudential Center - Newark, New Jersey
Fox Sports Carolinas | 99.9 FM The Fan, WRALSportsFan web and app
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|Division Rank||8th in Metro||4th in Metro|
|Conference Rank||16th in East||8th in East|
|Last 10 Games||3-5-2||5-3-2|
|Streak||Lost 1||Won 1|
|ES Corsi For %||53.8%||46.9%|
|Power Play % (Rank)||18.9% (15)||19.4% (13)|
|Penalty Kill % (Rank)||87.9% (5)||82.5% (13)|
|ES Save %||.901||.957|
|ES Save %||.827||.932|
*Stats from NHL.com
- The Hurricanes will look to bounce back tonight after falling 4-1 to the Devils at home just two days ago. The team looked mostly lifeless in a game that could have pushed their record to hockey .500.
- Andrej Nestrasil recorded a career high 8 shots on net in Sunday's matchup against New Jersey and found the net for his first goal of the season. Nestrasil has spent 5 games in the press box this season after sustaining a back injury that ended his season last February. His success could be vital to the Nordstrom - Staal - Nestrasil line that is still trying to find its stride.
- Jeff Skinner is fifth in the league with 1.20 points per game among players who have appeared in more than 5 games. This has been Skinner's most productive start to a season in his seven-year career.
- Justin Faulk left the game late in the third period Sunday with an undisclosed injury. Faulk received an MRI on Monday morning, but the results have not yet been announced and his status for tonight's game is still uncertain. If he cannot dress his most likely replacement would be fellow right-handed shot Jakub Nakladal, but Klas Dahlbeck could also see the ice.
- Sophomore defenseman Noah Hanifin now leads the team with seven assists after a helper in Sunday's game.
- Carolina took the five game season series last year against New Jersey with a record of 3-2-0 against the division rival.
- Eddie Lack got the nod in Sunday's matchup after spending a long 5 games on the bench. Lack did not look sharp, allowing 3 goals on 20 shots for a save percentage of .850. Lack saw just 2 shots in the second period; both found twine. His poor form can perhaps be attributed to his extended stay at the end of the bench. All signs point to Cam Ward getting the net back tonight following an impressive showing in Nashville on Saturday.
- The Hurricanes' power play has continued its downward spiral after an impressive start to the season. Situations are now dire; it is a measly 2 for 21 (9.5%) in the last 7 games. A spark on the offensive side of special teams is desperately needed, especially as the Hurricanes even-strength offense has slowed down at the same time.
- Carolina's penalty kill remains a bright spot, with perfect performances in the last 3 games. The unit is the sixth best in the league with a penalty kill percentage of 87.9%.
- Cam Ward recorded his only career goal in a 2011 matchup with the Devils. A bounce like this would certainly be a sight for sore eyes after the exhibition we endured on Sunday, eh?