NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 29th
(All times Eastern)
New Jersey Devils (9-11-5) at Carolina Hurricanes (10-10-5), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Carolina Hurricanes take aim at a third straight
victory on Friday night and a sweep of their home-and-home series with the New
The Hurricanes' consecutive wins come following a four-game slide and they
took the road portion of this set with the Devils 4-3 on Wednesday.
Patrick Dwyer scored shorthanded as part of a three-goal second period for
Carolina and his tally ended up being the difference. Tuomo Ruutu and Ron
Hainsey also scored in the middle frame, while Justin Faulk tallied in the
Eric Staal had an assist to push his point streak to seven straight games (3
goals, 6 assists) and Cam Ward was solid with 19 saves.
"Despite the low shots, I felt like I was active," Ward said following his
fourth start since coming back from a lower-body injury. "It seemed like they
had a good cycle game in the offensive zone but our team's defense did a great
job of keeping everything out to the perimeter."
The Hurricanes have won three of four and four of their last six games versus
Travis Zajac, Andy Greene and Jaromir Jagr each scored once for the Devils,
who have dropped their last three games, while Martin Brodeur yielded all four
goals on 22 shots faced.
"I don't think we have to change much, we just have to put the puck on the net
somehow," Jagr said.
Jagr's goal was the 691st of his career, breaking a tie with Mario Lemieux for
ninth on the NHL's all-time list. He is just one goal behind Steve Yzerman for
eighth place and three back of seventh-place Mark Messier.
The 41-year-old Jagr has tallied 35 goals and 107 points in 75 career games
versus the Hurricanes franchise.
The Devils are also scheduled to host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, meaning
Brodeur and Cory Schneider should both see action over the next two days.
Brodeur fell to 38-16-1 with five ties, nine shutouts and a 2.07 goals against
average in his career versus Carolina, while Schneider has split two starts
versus the club with a 2.51 GAA.
Ward is 9-11-2 with a 2.73 GAA in 22 career starts versus the Devils.
11/29 10:44:36 ET