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Carolina Hurricanes vs. New Jersey Devils: Preview and Game Discussion

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The Hurricanes look to rebound tonight against New Jersey on the second leg of a back-to-back weekend.

The Hurricanes come off of a self proclaimed “dud game” against the Blue Jackets last night to take on a similarly slumping Devils team tonight in Raleigh.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • New Jersey fell to the Red Wings in overtime yesterday in a somewhat deflating loss. The Hurricanes and Devils are very similar teams in a lot of ways this season as each got off to a hot start to the season and have since tapered off.
  • Sebastian Aho is building himself another nice point streak. After netting Carolina’s only goal last night, he extended his streak to four games.
  • Tonight’s matchup is the first of four between the two teams this season. The Devils dominated the season series last year with a 3-1-0 record.
  • Curtis McElhinney, who will likely get the start tonight, has been very strong in his career against the Devils, posting a 4-1-0 record with a .935 SV% and a 1.68 GAA.

Lines and Rosters

With both teams playing yesterday, neither of them took a morning skate. For the Hurricanes, we can expect to see the same lineup with a probable switch in goal.

Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams

Micheal Ferland - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov - Lucas Wallmark - Jordan Martinook

Warren Foegele - Clark Bishop - Phil Di Giuseppe

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton

Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk

Haydn Fleury - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Scott Darling

Curtis McElhinney


The Devils are a little banged up with Nico Hischier, Sami Vatanen, and Brian Boyle all out with injury. Vatanen and Boyle are on IR while Hischier, who’s missed three games, made the trip to Carolina with the team last night. Whether or not he draws into the lineup tonight or not is still uncertain. Here’s how they lined up yesterday in New Jersey, taking into account that John Hynes has said that Cory Schneider will get the start tonight (no Keith Kinkaid, hooray!):

Taylor Hall - Travis Zajac - Kyle Palmieri

Marcus Johansson - Pavel Zacha - Jesper Bratt

Blake Coleman - Brent Seney - Joey Anderson

Miles Wood - Jean Sebastien Dea - Stefan Noesen

Andy Greene - Damon Severson

Will Butcher - Ben Lovejoy

Mirco Mueller - Yegor Yakolev

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid