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Tuesday, April 11th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (42-27-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (51-21-6), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The surging New Jersey Devils try to continue their roll tonight when they visit the Southeast Division-champion Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center.

Jersey checks in sixth in the Eastern Conference with 93 points -- two behind fifth-place Philadelphia and two ahead of No. 7 Montreal. The Devils can officially secure a playoff spot with a point tonight or a loss by Atlanta this evening against Tampa Bay.

On Sunday, Brian Gionta's game-winning goal in the third period extended both his points streak and New Jersey's winning streak, as the Devils downed the New York Rangers, 3-2, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Gionta now has points in 11 straight games (8g, 7a), while the Devils have won their last seven games overall.

Martin Brodeur finished with 24 saves and posted his 39th win of the season. The reigning Vezina winner is one shy of reaching the 40-goal mark for the fifth time -- and first time since 2002-03.

The Devils will host Philadelphia on Thursday in the opener of a two-game set at the Meadowlands.

Carolina, meanwhile, had a three-game winning streak ended in Saturday's 5-2 loss in Atlanta. The Hurricanes, with 108 points, are tied with the Ottawa Senators atop the Eastern Conference. The Sens will host Boston tonight.

In Saturday's loss, Mike Dunham made 23 saves and three different Thrashers scored in the first period. Justin Williams scored both of Carolina's goals, while Martin Gerber stopped 29 shots in the loss.

The Hurricanes will host Tampa Bay on Friday in the opener of a home-and-home.

Carolina is 2-1 against New Jersey this season, but the road team has won six of the last 10 meetings.

04/11 10:37:18 ET

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