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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

  • Dougie Hamilton

    Leg
    day-to-day | I-R

    Hamilton has been placed on the injured reserve list after having surgery to repair a broken left fibula, and it is up in the air if he will return to action when the league comes back.

  • Ryan Dzingel

    Upper Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Dzingel is suffering from an upper-body injury, and it has yet to be established if he will draw back into the lineup once the league reinstates game action.

New Jersey Devils

  • Sami Vatanen

    Leg
    day-to-day | I-R

    Vatanen is on the injured reserve list with a right leg contusion, and it remains to be seen if he will be activated in time for when the league resumes play.

carolina-hurricanes Stats 2019-2020

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new-jersey-devils Stats 2019-2020

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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
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Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Assits
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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
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Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS