NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, March 6th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (34-20-11-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (21-28-13-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to rebound from a dramatic
setback in Tampa on Friday, as they head north to face the Carolina Hurricanes
Dave Andreychuk scored with 2:43 remaining in overtime to lift the Tampa Bay
Lightning to an improbable 3-2 win over the Devils at the St. Pete Times
Forum. The goal came after Vincent Lecavalier tied the game with just 9.6
seconds to go in regulation.
John Madden and Jeff Friesen lit the lamp at the other end as the Devils lost
for the fourth time in five games (1-3-0-1). Martin Brodeur allowed three
goals on 22 shots in the loss.
The Devils have 81 points and are sixth in the Eastern Conference standings --
three behind Boston. New Jersey also dropped to seven points behind
Philadelphia for the Atlantic Division lead.
New Jersey will have its chance against Philadelphia, as the Flyers head into
the Meadowlands on Tuesday night.
The Devils acquired center Jan Hrdina from Phoenix on Friday in exchange for
right wing Mike Rupp and a 2004 draft pick. Hrdina is expected to make his
debut with the defending Stanley Cup champs tonight.
Meanwhile, Carolina worked some overtime magic of its own on Friday evening,
as it defeated the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, on Kevyn Adams' shorthanded goal
with the less than a second remaining in the extra session.
Rod Brind'Amour and Jeff O'Neill also scored for the Hurricanes, who snapped a
three-game winless streak (0-1-1-1). Kevin Weekes made 18 of his 32 saves in
the third period.
Seconds after denying a 2-on-0 rush by the Hurricanes, Pasi Nurminen couldn't
stop Adams on a breakaway as time expired
O'Neill scored the 198th goal of his career for Carolina, which improved to
4-1-2-2 in its last nine games overall. O'Neill could be in his final days
with the Hurricanes, as his name has been mentioned in some possible deals
before Tuesday's trade deadline.
The Devils have won four of the last five meetings with Carolina and two
straight at the RBC Center.
03/06 11:01:51 ET