The Carolina Hurricanes not only bring a three-game winning streak to the Prudential Center for Thursday's Metropolitan Division clash with the New Jersey Devils, but they also have the support of their mothers, who made the trip from Raleigh as part of a team moms' trip.
So, what does Hurricanes coach Bill Peters expect from his team on Thursday?
"You're gonna' play hard," Peters told reporters. "This is the person who brought you into the world, so you're gonna' play hard for them."
Not that the Hurricanes (27-21-9) -- nor the Devils (28-20-8) for that matter -- need any extra incentive. One point separates these two teams in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Thursday marks the first meeting this season between the Hurricanes and Devils, who meet in a rematch in North Carolina on Sunday and play four times between now and March 27.
"These divisional games, they are all crucial games," said Devils coach John Hynes. << Read more
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