NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, January 21st
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (15-21-9-2) at New Jersey Devils (23-11-10-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils seek their third straight win tonight
when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the Meadowlands for the opener of
a three-game homestand.
The Devs have defeated Washington and Pittsburgh during the spurt, and hope
to win three-in-a-row for the first time since early December. On Tuesday,
Turner Stevenson tallied two goals and an assist and Scott Clemmensen recorded
a shutout in his first career start, as the Devils blanked the Penguins, 3-0,
at the Igloo.
Clemmensen, a rookie who was recalled from New Jersey's top affiliate in
Albany earlier Tuesday, turned aside all 25 shots he faced in the victory. He
received the nod after regular backup Corey Schwab injured his groin during
practice on Monday.
Reigning Vezina winner Martin Brodeur was given his second straight game off,
which hasn't happened since the middle of the 1997-98 season. Expect Brodeur
back between the pipes this evening.
New Jersey, which continued without captain Scott Stevens (post-concussion
syndrome), has lost three of its last four at the Meadowlands. The Devils will
resume their current set Friday versus Montreal.
Carolina, meanwhile, has lost two straight, falling to Atlanta and Ottawa. On
Tuesday the Canes suffered a 3-1 home loss to the Senators. Marian Hossa
posted a goal and two assists to lead the victors.
Jeff O'Neill recorded the only goal for the Hurricanes, who have just one
victory in their last six games (1-4-1). O'Neill, whose name has popped up in
the trade rumor mill, has four goals in the last three tilts.
Earlier Tuesday, the Hurricanes acquired forward Justin Williams from the
Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Danny Markov. The 22-year-old
Williams, a former first-round pick, had a promising future with the Flyers,
but was buried under a stockpile of veteran forwards.
The Hurricanes, who have netted an Eastern Conference-low 87 goals this
season, are 3-6-0-1 in their last 10 road games. They'll host the NY Islanders
Jersey defeated Carolina, 2-1, in Raleigh on October 11 and has won three
straight meetings. The Hurricanes, though, are 2-1-1 in their last four trips
to the Garden State.
01/21 10:12:58 ET