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

The Hurricanes will try to stop the bleeding tonight as they take on Keith Kinkaid and the Devils for the second time in three days.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes look to snap a two game losing streak tonight as they take on the Devils once again. The team will need to get some points out of this game if they want to keep up in the Metropolitan playoff race.

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

  • The Hurricanes trail all-time with a 53-68-16 record against the Devils, including a 29-31-9 record at home.
  • Tonight marks the second of four games between the sides this season. The Devils handled the Hurricanes on Thursday night in Newark, winning by a score of 5-2.
  • Tonight’s matchup is the third out of four straight Metropolitan Division games for the Hurricanes. So far, the team has collected zero points in the critical stretch.
  • Keith Kinkaid, who will start tonight, improved to 5-1-1 all time against Carolina with a win on Thursday night.
  • And he isn’t the only Devil coming in hot:
  • After two straight losses, the Canes have fallen out of playoff position. They currently sit one point in back of the Islanders with a game in hand.
  • Tonight is Military Appreciation Night as well as Triangle Special Hockey Association Night. It’s also your last chance to contribute to the Canes’ USO donation drive:

Projected Rosters

Patrick Brown was reassigned to Charlotte yesterday and Lucas Wallmark was subsequently called up. Wallmark has been a bit more of an offensive threat in Charlotte than Brown, scoring 13 goals and 23 assists for 36 points. 10 of those points have come in his last eight games. Whether or not he draws into the lineup today still remains to be seen. Here’s how the Canes lined up yesterday in practice.

Teuvo Teravainen - Victor Rask - Sebastain Aho

Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner - Derek Ryan - Justin Williams

Joakim Nordstrom - Phil Di Giuseppe - Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury - Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward

Scott Darling

Injuries and Scratches: Lucas Wallmark (healthy), Klas Dahlbeck (healthy)

The Devils are on the second leg of a back-to-back set, as they took down the Tampa Bay Lightning last night in a hard fought game. Eddie Lack got the start yesterday, so we will see Kinkaid again. Here’s how you can expect the Devils to look:

Taylor Hall - Nico Hischier - Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Bratt - Pavel Zacha - Nick Lappin

Miles Wood - Travis Zajac - Stefan Noesen

Jimmy Hayes - Blake Coleman - Drew Stafford

Andy Greene - Sami Vatanen

John Moore - Damon Severson

Will Butcher - Ben Lovejoy

Keith Kinkaid

Eddie Lack