(AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes hope a chance to rest allowed a sputtering offense the opportunity to recapture its prior form.
The New Jersey Devils look to keep breaking out of their scoring slump with another big offensive performance against the Hurricanes on Saturday night in Raleigh.
An offense that had been lethargic nearing the holiday break came to life in the Devils' most recent outing, as Kyle Palmieri, Jordin Tootoo and David Schlemko scored within a 2:12 span during the first period of Tuesday's 4-3 victory at Detroit. New Jersey (17-13-5) had managed five goals over its prior five outings and lost its previous three.
"We got off to a good start and took advantage of some opportunities," coach John Hynes said.
The Devils matched a season high in goals in a 5-1 rout of the Hurricanes on Dec. 3 at PNC Arena and are 6-1-1 in the past eight meetings. They've outscored Carolina 20-9 in winning five of six in Raleigh.
New Jersey's Mike Cammalleri recorded two goals and an assist in the previous meeting but has just one goal in his last eight games. Adam Henrique has 13 goals but none in the past six games with only one assist. >> Read more...