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

The Hurricanes take on a struggling Devils squad tonight on the second leg of a back-to-back weekend homestand.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes look to build on a solid win in PNC Arena last night as they take on the division rival New Jersey Devils for the second game of a home back-to-back, following a wild win over the Red Wings yesterday.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-7-3 13-13-7
Goals/Game 3.23 2.54
Goals Against/Game 2.48 3.12
Shots/Game 31.52 28.70
Face Off Win % 54.4% 46.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 30.6% (1st) 14.8% (26th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 82.9% (9th) 74.0% (26th)
ES Corsi For % 53.04% 46.16%
ES PDO 100.96 99.42
PIM/Game 07:21 06:43

Goaltender #1

Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Category James Reimer Joonas Korpisalo
Record 12-4-1 8-10-5
Save % 0.909 .900
GAA 2.68 2.98

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Elvis Merzlikins
Record 7-2-2 5-3-2
Save % .930 .912
GAA 1.96 2.91

Game Notes

  • The teams are meeting for the first of four matchups this season. The Devils will be back in PNC Arena in February, and the Canes will visit Newark twice in March.
  • The Canes and Devils split the season series last year, each winning two games.
  • The last of those four meetings is likely one you remember very fondly, as the Hurricanes clinched their first playoff berth in a decade last April with a 3-1 win in PNC Arena.
  • Petr Mrazek is 5-2-0 against the Devils in his career, with a .922% Save Percentage and a 2.03 Goals Allowed Average.
  • Both teams are coming off of a back-to-back situation tonight. The Devils fell to the Flyers in a shootout last night on home ice.

Lines and Rosters

Coming off of a big offensive affair last night, the Hurricanes are back in action again tonight in front of a home crowd. You can expect for them to look the same as last night, but with a switch in net.

Nino Niederreiter - Jordan Staal - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Sebastian Aho - Warren Foegele
Ryan Dzingel - Erik Haula - Martin Necas
Brock McGinn - Lucas Wallmark - Brian Gibbons

Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Jake Gardiner - Brett Pesce
Joel Edmundson - Trevor van Riemsdyk

James Reimer
Petr Mrazek

Injuries and Scratches: Jordan Martinook (core muscle), Haydn Fleury (healthy)

And for the Devils, here’s what we expect to see:

Taylor Hall - Jack Hughes - Kyle Palmieri
Blake Coleman - Travis Zajac - Wayne Simmonds
Pavel Zacha - Nico Hischier - Jesper Bratt
Kyle Wood - Kevin Rooney - John Hayden

Damon Severson - P.K. Subban
Andy Greene - Sami Vatanen
Will Butcher - Matt Tennyson

MacKenzie Blackwood
Cory Schneider