Playing the second contest of a back-to-back set, the New Jersey Devils (8th in Metropolitan Division) are visiting the Carolina Hurricanes (6th in Metropolitan), who return home following a defeat in Dallas…
Devils Get BusyThe New Jersey Devils (20-25-10) continue their schedule with a back-to-back set, finishing their three-game homestand with an outing against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday before paying a visit to the Carolina Hurricanes just 24 hours later. Entering the stretch, the Devils had snapped a six-game point run (3-0-3) after losing a 5-3 decision against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, thus going with their seventh defeat in the last 10 contests (3-4-3). New Jersey is 12-15-0 when playing on the road this season, with Kyle Palmieri leading the side with 38 points ahead of Thursday, having netted a team-high 21 snipes alongside Blake Coleman (31 points).
#NJDEVILS NEWS: New Jersey has placed D Sami Vatanen (bruised right leg from blocking a shot) on injured reserve, retroactive to 2/1/2020.— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) February 13, 2020
The club has recalled Nick Merkley from Binghamton (AHL). He has been assigned #39. pic.twitter.com/RWFtxWZkom
Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was entering the double-header with a 17-12-7 total for the ongoing campaign with a 2.84 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He has registered a perfect 2-0-0 career tally versus Carolina with a 1.50 GAA and a .953 save percentage, while Louis Domingue (3-6-2 on the year with a 3.74 GAA and a .882 save percentage) has gone 3-0-1 against the Hurricanes historically with a 2.49 GAA and a .931 save percentage. The Devils were 8th in least goals scored per game prior to the back-to-back set (2.71), 2nd in most goals conceded on average (3.44), 27th in power play (16.3%) and 16th in penalty kill (80.6%).
‘Canes Lose In TexasA two-game winning run came to an end for the Carolina Hurricanes (32-21-3), who snapped the streak with a 4-1 defeat to the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Tuesday. Sebastian Aho (31 goals, 52 points this year) buried the only strike for the ‘Canes, tying the game at 1-1 in the first period before the Stars banked two power-play markers in the following frame, ending the proceedings by being awarded an empty-netter. Carolina is 5-3-0 in its last eight fixtures following a three-game losing run prior (0-2-1) and has recorded an 18-9-1 tally on home ice this season.
Back at it 💪 pic.twitter.com/wxls3DsQgF— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) February 13, 2020
Goalie Petr Mrazek made 33 saves in Dallas, taking his current performance status to 18-15-2 for the year with a 2.74 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He has posted a 5-2-0 previous total versus New Jersey with a 2.03 GAA and a .922 save percentage, while James Reimer (14-6-1 on the season with a 2.61 GAA and a .917 save percentage) is 7-6-2 against the Devils in past encounters with a 2.66 GAA and a .910 save percentage. The Hurricanes are 13th in most goals scored per game (3.14), 9th in least goals conceded on average (2.80), 10th in power play (21.9%) and 9th in penalty kill (82.3%).
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- Home team is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.