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#77 New Jersey Devils 6 vs.
#78 Carolina Hurricanes -275
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:05pm EST
PNC Arena, Raleigh
Written by Valdis Pans

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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 Busy

The 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).

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 Texas

A 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.

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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The Devils are far from being in the mix to make the postseason at the moment, currently sitting 19 points outside the playoff contention in the Eastern Conference. The team has, however, started to regain its form, even though a six-game point streak (3-0-3), culminating in two consecutive shutouts, was snapped by a 5-3 home defeat against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. New Jersey will try to rebound when hosting Carolina. Still, the Devils will be playing with no rest. And while they have beaten the Hurricanes on three of the past four occasions overall, the ‘Canes have snatched three wins in their previous four head-to-head meetings in Raleigh. So, expect Carolina to return to winning ways here! Especially with the team focused on improving its chances to make the postseason, currently sitting just two points outside the playoff bubble in the East and with a game in hand.

Prediction: Carolina Hurricanes

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Out of the last 23 encounters between New Jersey and Carolina, 15 have gone below the set goal-mark, with six of the past eight all delivering no more than five markers on the scoreboard. So, do bet on this one to finish with just a minimal amount of strikes hitting the net! Three of the past five overall fixtures of the Devils have already gone under the total, while five of the previous seven domestic contests of the Hurricanes have all failed to jump past the five-snipe barrier, averaging just three markers per game.

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Written By Valdis Pans

Valdis got his first ever article published when he was 13, and has rarely stopped. He has worked for FHM, MTV Baltics and has done loads of freelance (from columns for Cosmopolitan magazine to helping with organization of Macy Gray's shows in the Northern Europe). Speaks five different languages, loves pizza, American Horror Story and pipe organ music, and knows European soccer better than dates of his family members' birthdays. Is an avid fan of ice-hockey too. He is a Latvian after all...