NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 28th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (41-28-7) at New Jersey Devils (47-23-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The last time the Hurricanes won six straight games, they
went on to capture their first-ever Stanley Cup championship. They wouldn't
mind history repeating itself.
Carolina will aim to extend its season-long five-game win streak tonight
versus New Jersey at the Prudential Center, where the Devils have won 11
games in a row.
The Hurricanes haven't won six consecutive contests since a nine-game winning
run from December 31, 2005-January 19, 2006. Carolina capped that season by
defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Cam Ward was named Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of those playoffs, and he is
playing red-hot right now as well. Ward has been in net for all five of
Carolina's recent wins and has allowed two goals or fewer in four of those
He made 21 saves in Wednesday's 2-1 win over Ottawa that helped Carolina match
a franchise record with nine consecutive home wins. Anton Babchuk scored a
power-play goal with 6:01 left in the third period and Rod Brind'Amour chipped
in with a goal and an assist.
Ray Whitney notched the 500th assist of his career as well for the Hurricanes,
who have stormed up into the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference, one point
up on Pittsburgh and one point behind Philadelphia. However, Carolina has the
fewest games left on the schedule with just six games remaining.
Carolina will make a brief stop on the road, where it is 18-15-6, before
returning home for four straight. The 'Canes then end their season in New
Jersey on April 11.
The Devils have been unbeatable at the Prudential Center as of late. Since a
loss to Los Angeles at home on February 7, New Jersey has ripped off a
franchise-record 11 straight wins in the Garden State.
However, the club returns home tonight after going winless on a three-game
road trip (0-2-1), a trek that ended last night with a 3-2 overtime setback in
Martin Brodeur made 39 saves, but was beaten glove side on a one-timer by the
Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook with 1:25 to play in OT. Zach Parise scored his
42nd goal of the season, second most in the NHL, while Paul Martin also had a
Losses in three straight and in four of their last five games have slowed the
Devils' quest for a third Atlantic Division crown in four seasons. New Jersey
still leads second-place Philadelphia by eight points with eight games to go,
though the Flyers have played one fewer game.
New Jersey also slipped to third overall in the East, one point behind
Though the Devils have dropped three in a row to the Hurricanes, including two
matchups so far this year, they have won two straight and four of the last
five played in New Jersey in the series.
03/28 10:34:16 ET