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

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The Carolina Hurricanes take on the New Jersey Devils coming off of a big win in Philadelphia last night.

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes take on their second divisional opponent in as many nights as the Devils come to Raleigh for the second and final time this season.


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 53-68-17-1 record against the Devils, including a 29-31-10 record at home.
  • Tonight’s tilt marks the third of four matchups between the sides this season. The Devils won the first two matchups. (Hurricanes: 0-1-1)
  • Devils goalie Cory Schneider made his return from injury in the Devils’ loss last night to the Panthers.
  • We will likely see Keith Kinkaid tonight, a goalie who has performed very well against the Canes this season. The backup is 2-0-0 with a .944 SV% and 1.94 GAA in two appearances against Carolina.
  • Tonight is Public Safety Appreciation Night, and you’ll have a chance to check out some emergency vehicles in the south plaza before the game. It is also UNC College Colors Night, so if you want to get a Canes/UNC co-branded hat, head right this way.

Lines and Rosters

The Hurricanes are coming off of a strong win against Philadelphia in a game that Bill Peters praised a lot of the roster for their efforts. You can expect to see the same lineup tonight, with Scott Darling drawing in between the pipes in a back-to-back situation.

Never mind:

Sebastian Aho - Elias Lindholm - Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn - Jordan Staal - Justin Williams

Jeff Skinner - Lucas Wallmark - Phil Di Giuseppe

Victor Rask - Derek Ryan - Lee Stempniak

Jaccob Slavin - Justin Faulk

Noah Hanifin - Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury - Trevor van Riemsdyk

Cam Ward

Scott Darling


The Devils come off of a loss last night at the hands of the red hot Florida Panthers. Schneider started last night, so you can expect to see Kinkaid in the net tonight (again).

Taylor Hall - Nico Hischier - Kyle Palmieri

Miles Wood - Pavel Zacha - Jesper Bratt

Michael Grabner - Travis Zajac - Stefan Noesen

Blake Coleman - Brian Boyle - Patrick Maroon

Andy Greene - Sami Vatanen

John Moore - Damon Severson

Will Butcher - Ben Lovejoy

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider