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New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes Preview and Predictions 02-14-2020


The Carolina Hurricanes managed to split four contests on their just-completed road trip, despite falling behind multiple goals to start both of the victories, and hope to come out of the gate better when the New Jersey Devils visit on Friday. The Hurricanes rallied to beat Arizona 5-3 last Thursday and Vegas 6-5 on Saturday after allowing the first two tallies in each, but surrendered the final three goals in a 4-1 loss at Dallas on Tuesday.

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Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour told reporters he liked that his team showed the ability to come back, but didn't like a lot about the trip, telling reporters after Tuesday's loss: "We had one line that was going and the rest were not a factor. In today's game, you got to have everyone going or it's really tough to win." The Hurricanes play five of the next seven games at PNC Arena where they are 18-9-1 overall and have points in seven of the past eight (6-1-1), but Carolina dropped a 5-3 decision at home against the Devils on Nov. 2. New Jersey has points in seven of its last 11 games (4-4-3) after rallying for four goals in the third period to knock off Detroit at home Thursday and were led by a pair of markers from veteran power forward Wayne Simmonds. Right wing Kyle Palmieri, who could be a target of many contending teams before the Feb. 24 trade deadline, had an assist Thursday to give him six of his team-leading 39 points in the last five games.

TIME: 7 p.m. ET. TV: MSG Plus, FS Carolinas

ABOUT THE DEVILS (21-25-10): Palmieri shares the club lead in goals with Blake Coleman (21) while 27-year-old Russian rookie Nikita Gusev tops New Jersey with 22 assists. Damon Severson contributed a pair of assists in Thursday's victory to extend his point streak to eight games (two goals, seven assists), matching the longest for a Devils' defenseman since 1999-00. MacKenzie Blackwood (18-12-7) saw his shutout streak end at 171 minutes, 37 seconds while making 25 saves Thursday, but will likely hand the net to backup Louis Domingue (3-6-2) on the second of a back to back.

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (32-21-3): Center Sebastian Aho is wielding one of the hottest sticks in the NHL with at least one goal in six straight games to push his team-leading total to a career-high 31. Right wing Andrei Svechnikov (22 goals) is tied with Aho for second on the team with 52 points after collecting seven during a five-game streak, and left wing Teuvo Teravainen leads the squad with 42 assists and 54 points. Petr Mrazek (18-15-2) lost his third straight contest Tuesday after making 33 saves and James Reimer (14-6-1) is 6-0-1 with a .922 save percentage since Jan. 1.

OVERTIME

1. New Jersey C Nico Hischier (knee) has registered 32 points but missed his fifth straight game Thursday despite participating in the morning skate.

2. Carolina D Jaccob Slavin recorded five points over the past six games and is tied for fourth in the league with a plus-28 rating.

3. The Devils have scored at least one power-play goal in seven of their last eight games, going 9-for-31 during that stretch.

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PNC Arena
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Capacity: 18,680

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Last Injuries

Carolina Hurricanes

  • James Reimer

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Reimer will miss an extended period due to a knee injury.

  • Petr Mrazek

    Concussion
    Out indefinitely | out

    Mrazek is idle with a concussion. He is going through the league-mandated protocol, and it is unknown how much time he will need to recover.

  • Brett Pesce

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | out

    Pesce is sidelined with a shoulder injury, and it is unknown when he will draw back into the lineup.

  • Lucas Wallmark

    Acquired
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Wallmark was recently acquired, and it is unclear if he will make his team debut Tuesday against the Coyotes.

  • Erik Haula

    Acquired
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Haula was traded for, and it is uncertain if he will line up Tuesday versus the Coyotes.

  • Vincent Trocheck

    Acquired
    Prob Tues | probable

    Trocheck is expected to suit up Tuesday versus the Stars after being traded for by the organization.

  • Jordan Martinook

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Martinook is sidelined with an upper-body injury. There is no indication as to when he will return to the lineup.

  • Haydn Fleury

    Leg
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Fleury exited the previous game due to a left leg injury, and it is unknown if he will bounce back in time for Friday's tilt against the Rangers.

New Jersey Devils

  • Will Butcher

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | out

    Butcher is sidelined due to an upper-body injury, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Andy Greene

    Upper Body
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Greene exited the last game due to an upper-body injury, and it is unclear if he will be in Thursday's lineup versus the Blues.

  • Sami Vatanen

    Leg
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Vatanen is on the injured reserve list with a right leg contusion, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Wayne Simmonds

    Acquired
    Prob Wed | probable

    Simmonds was acquired via trade, but it is expected that he will make his team debut against the Avalanche on Wednesday.

  • Miles Wood

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Wood missed the last game due to an illness, but he is likely to suit up for Tuesday's clash with the Red Wings.

  • Louis Domingue

    Acquired
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Domingue was traded for, and it is uncertain if he will line up Tuesday versus the Canadiens.

  • Nicholas Merkley

    Face
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Merkley was absent from the lineup during the last game due to a facial injury. It is unclear if he will be in Saturday's lineup versus the Capitals.

  • Sami Vatanen

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Vatanen has been placed on the injured reserve list with a right leg contusion, and there is no timetable for return.

carolina-hurricanes Stats 2019-2020

Offensive
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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
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Defense
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Shutouts
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new-jersey-devils Stats 2019-2020

Offensive
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Assits
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Player GP GS A APP ASH
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS