NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, October 11th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (0-0-1-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (0-1-0-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After settling for a tie in their season-opener on
Wednesday, the Stanley Cup-champion New Jersey Devils cap off a brief road
trip when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
Scott Niedermayer scored twice for New Jersey, but Boston's Jeff Jillson
tallied with under four minutes left in regulation to force a 3-3 deadlock at
Jeff Friesen also scored for the Devils, while Vezina winner Martin Brodeur
turned aside 28 shots, including six in overtime. Niedermayer provided some
assistance midway through the extra session, swatting the puck out of the
crease with Brodeur out of position. Brian Rafalski and new Devil Igor
Larionov each had two assists for New Jersey.
Despite letting a late lead slip away and only getting a point, the Devils
had to be thrilled about the production of their power-play unit Thursday.
After finishing last in the NHL in success with the man-advantage a season
ago, New Jersey cashed in on three of its four chances versus Boston.
Jersey returns home after tonight and will raise its third Stanley Cup banner
Thursday before a clash with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Carolina, meanwhile, opened with a 3-1 loss to host Florida on Thursday. Erik
Cole scored the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who are trying to get back into
the postseason after finishing last in the NHL's overall standings in 02-03.
Kevin Weekes made 23 saves in defeat.
Rookie Hurricanes center Eric Staal, the second overall pick in the 2003 NHL
Entry Draft, made his NHL debut in Florida and skated alongside Ron Francis
for much of the night. He recorded two shots on net and won one of the four
faceoffs he took.
The Hurricanes will host Florida on Monday before embarking on a four-game
road trip that begins next Saturday against the NY Rangers.
New Jersey and Carolina split four meetings last season, and the road team is
5-2-1 in the last eight clashes.
10/11 10:34:41 ET