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

The Hurricanes look to again stop the bleeding this afternoon as they take on the New Jersey Devils in Newark in a matinee matchup.

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Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes will face off against the Eastern Conference-worst New Jersey Devils today in a rare 1:00 p.m. start.

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

  • Tonight’s game is the second of four between the two teams this season. The Canes will travel to Newark in early February while the Devils will be in Raleigh a final time in April.
  • The Canes took the first matchup in the season series 2-1 on November 18th. Justin Williams and Micheal Ferland got the team on the board while Curtis McElhinney kept the Devils off of it, making 33 saves.
  • Curtis McElhinney has posted a 5-1-0 record against the Devils in his career, with a .924 SV% and a 1.58 GAA.
  • In the first matchup against the Devils, the Canes scored two goals in the first 30 seconds of the game. It marked the fastest two goals to start a game in franchise history, and just the sixth time that a team scored two goals in the first 30 seconds of a game in NHL history. The eight seconds between Williams’ and Ferland’s goals was the fastest two goals in team history since relocation.
  • Teuvo Teravainen will play his 200th career Hurricanes game today. He has been a stalwart with the Canes, posting 135 points (46g, 89a) in 199 games.
  • Haydn Fleury practiced with the team in Raleigh yesterday but is unlikely to go tonight as he continues to recuperate from a concussion.
  • ICYMI, Valentin Zykov was placed on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers yesterday. An announcement regarding his future will post today at noon.

Storm Advisory

  • Capitals head coach Todd Reirden earned himself a game misconduct on Thursday. [Scouting The Refs]
  • Dallas Stars’ ownership absolutely laid into franchise centerpieces in Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin after a slower start to the season. This was all on the record, BTW. [The Athletic]
  • David Backes earned himself a three game suspension for a blow to the head.
  • This is a bit dramatic.
  • Dustin Byfuglien is two-and-a-half grand short after an illegal slash to Johnny Hockey.
  • Tuukka Rask is sporting a Boston inspired mask for the Winter Classic.

Projected Lineups


Brock McGinn - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Lucas Wallmark - Jordan Martinook
Micheal Ferland - Clark Bishop - Justin Williams
Janne Kuokkanen - Victor Rask - Warren Foegele

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Dougie Hamilton

Curtis McElhinney
Petr Mrazek

Scratches: Phil Di Giuseppe (healthy), Haydn Fleury (concussion), Jordan Staal (upper body)


Jesper Bratt - Nico Hischier - Kyle Palmieri
John Quenneville - Travis Zajac - Blake Coleman
Miles Wood - Pavel Zacha - Stefan Noesen
Brian Boyle - Brett Seney - Drew Stafford

Andy Greene - Damon Severson
Steven Santini - Sami Vatanen
Will Butcher - Ben Lovejoy

Mackenzie Blackwood
Keith Kinkaid

Scratches: Taylor Hall (lower body), Egor Yakovlev (healthy), Mirco Mueller (healthy), Cory Schneider (IR abdominal strain), Marcus Johansson (IR upper body), Joey Anderson (IR broken ankle)