Who: New Jersey Devils at Carolina Hurricanes
When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET
rudential Center, Newark, N.J. PNC Center, Raleigh, N.C.
Media: TV - MSG+ (Channel listings); Radio - Bloomberg (1130 AM)
Stats & Notes (via Devils PR)
- New Jersey is looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since a five-game win streak February 3-10. The Devils are also hoping to snap a four-game road streak tonight.
- Tonight’s game opens the Devils’ sixth of 10 sets of back-to-back games. They are 2-3-0 in first games and 2-3-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
- The Devils’ penalty kill unit is 16/18 (88.9%) over the past five games.
- The Devils will look to end a stretch in which they have allowed the first goal in eight straight games. The team record is 11. Carolina has been outscored 25-14 in the first period this season.
- Adam Henrique has scored three goals in the past four games, each on special teams (1PPG, 2SHG).
- Patrik Elias has goals in back-to-back games.
- Ilya Kovalchuk also has points in back-to-back games (2a).
- David Clarkson’s shootout goal Thursday snapped an 0/11 stretch for the Devils and marked the third game-determining goal of his career.
Forwards Defense GoaliePonikarovsky-Loktionov-Kovalchuk Greene-Fayne Hedberg
Scratched: Salvador, Tallinder
Back in the USSR: Notice a connective link on that top line? Yeah, it's not hard to see. The Devils are uniting their three Russian forwards and hoping they start producing some offense. DeBoer went with Zajac to start on that line Thursday, but by overtime Kovy and Loktionov were back together and teamed up for some good pressure and a shot on goal. What should we expect from these three? Probably some nice chemistry between Kovy and Loktionov, plus a nice physical element from Ponikarkovsky. More apt, I think DeBoer may have gone with this trio in the hopes Poni can finish some of the chances Kovy and Loktionov create, which is something Zajac is struggling with right now. At the very worst, the trio can go out there and yell "Let our powers combine!"
All hands on deck: The injury bug has officially caught up to the Devils, with Bryce Salvador and Henrik Tallinder joining Dainius Zubrus and Martin Brodeur on the sidelines.
Watch the trailer: Hey guys, so with two of the Devils' slower defensemen out of the lineup, what do you say to watching the trailer in the defensive zone? The Canes have some really good skill players (Alexander Semin's having himself a year) and they've undoubtedly seen the Devils get beat over and over the last two games by not covering the extra forward trailing the play. It's so very important the Devils don't leave Johan Hedberg out to dry all game. The Canes are too good up front for that. This has to be a sound defensive effort.