Coming off victories against a pair of the league's best teams in their last two games, the New Jersey Devils can ill afford a letdown Tuesday night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at the Prudential Center.
However, those wins against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning only guaranteed that the Devils (39-28-8) remain in the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot, barely holding off the red-hot Florida Panthers, who sit just one point behind New Jersey.
"We've certainly held tough with some of the best teams and the hardest buildings to play in," Devils forward Blake Coleman told northjersey.com. "If that doesn't give you confidence going into these last eight games, or whatever it is, nothing will. Now, we need to keep carrying it forward."
New Jersey surrendered only four goals in beating the Penguins and Lightning, two of the NHL's top-scoring clubs. A committed effort from "a group of self-starters", as Devils coach John Hynes called his players, combined with solid play from goaltender Keith Kinkaid paved the way for the two victories, as well as the recent run in which New Jersey has five victories in seven games. >> Read more
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