Carolina Hurricanes (10-10-5) at New Jersey Devils (9-11-5)
7:00 PM ET • PNC Arena • MSG Plus, News Radio 880 WCBS
New Jersey has lost three straight in regulation for the second time this season (October 11-17). The Devils are 9-7-2=20pts in their last 18 games after going winless in the their first seven (0-4-3=3pts).
The Devils out shot the Hurricanes 9-3 in the third period on Wednesday, but the teams each posted 22 overall. New Jersey is averaging just 24.7 shots per game, which ranks 30th in the NHL.
The Devils were 1/1 on the penalty-kill Wednesday, are 10/10 over the past four games and are 16/17 in their last six home games. New Jersey owns the league’s best penalty-killing record at home (28/30, 93.6%) and is second overall (72/83. 86.8%) behind Vancouver (77/86, 89.5%).
The Devils allowed a shorthanded goal Wednesday, their first since April 27, 2013 at the New York Rangers.
New Jersey allowed the first goal on Wednesday and fell to 2-9-1 when doing so this season.
Martin Brodeur (18 saves) made the start in goal Wednesday and fell to 7-6-2 on the season.
Cory Schneider made a season-high 34 saves in his last start Nov. 21 at Los Angeles to earn his second win of the season (October 19 vs. New York Rangers). He’s allowed just one goal in each of his last three starts (1-1-1) and is third in the NHL with a 1.87 goals-against average.
Jaromir Jagr scored the 691st goal of his NHL career Wednesday night, to pass his former teammate Mario Lemieux (690) for ninth place on the NHL’s goal-scoring list. He’s now one goal behind Steve Yzerman (692) for eighth place and just three behind Mark Messier (694) for seventh place all-time.
Jagr now has 691g-1016a-1707pts and trails Lemieux by just 16pts for seventh-place on the league’s all-time scoring list.
Jagrscored the overtime goal November 21 at Los Angeles, his 121st career game-winning goal, tying Gordie Howe for the NHL record.
Jagr scored in overtime for the 18th time in his career to extend his NHL record. Patrik Elias, Sergei Fedorov, Ilya Kovalchuk and Mats Sundin are tied for second with 15 career OT goals
Travis Zajac scored his fourth goal of the season Wednesday, his first since his overtime game-winner November 20 at Anaheim.
Andy Greene posted 1g-1a-2pts on Wednesday and now has points in three straight games (1g-3a-4pts). He has 2g-6a-8pts in his last ten games & 3g-8a-11pts on the season, which is second among the club’s defensemen behind Marek Zidlicky (3g-10a-13pts).
Elias recorded a pair of assists Wednesday, has points in three straight games (2g-2a-4pts) and 2g-5a-7pts in seven games since being activated from Injured Reserve.
Dainius Zubrus picked up the primary assist on Zajac’s marker Wednesday and now has 1g-6a-7pts in his last nine games.
Devils vs. Hurricanes
Tonight’s game between the Devils and Hurricanes is the second of four meetings between the clubs this season, and the first of two to be played at PNC Arena.
Carolina won the first meeting, 4-3, at Prudential Center on Wednesday. Andy Greene (1g-1a) and Patrik Elias (2a) each had two points to lead the Devils, while Andrej Sekera had 2a to lead the Hurricanes. Martin Brodeur (18 saves) took the loss in goal for New Jersey, while Cam Ward made 21 saves and earned the win for Carolina..
The Devils lead the all-time series vs. the Hurricanes/Whalers 58-41-10, including a 24-22-8 mark in the previous 54 games played in Carolina/Hartford.
Jaromir Jagr leads all New Jersey skaters in career scoring vs. the Hurricanes/Whalers with 35g-72a-107pts in 75 games, while Radek Dvorak has 6g-20a-26pts in 55 games vs. the Devils to lead the Canes.Elias is the franchise’s leading scorer vs. Carolina/Hartford with 21g-33a-54pts in 52 games.
Brodeur is now 38-16-6 in 61 career games, while Cory Schneider is 1-1-0 with a 2.52 GAA & .932 save % in two career starts vs. Carolina.
Ward is now 9-11-2 in 22 games, while Justin Peters is 1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA & .920 save % in two career appearances vs. New Jersey.
Steve Bernier needs two assists to reach 100 in his NHL career.
Travis Zajac needs six games for 500 in his NHL career.
Stephen Gionta (ankle, 2 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve November 27, retroactive to November 23.
Adam Larsson (lower body, 2 games missed) is day-to-day.
Anton Volchenkov (lower body, 7 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve November 18, retroactive to November 12.
Bryce Salvador (non-displaced stress fracture in foot, 16 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve October 28, retroactive to October 22, and is out tonight. He has begun skating on his own.
Ryane Clowe (19 games missed) was placed on Injured Reserve on October 16, retroactive to October 13, and is out tonight. He has begun skating on his own.
Total man-games lost to injury/illness: 80
Nov. 27: Placed forward Stephen Gionta on Injured Reserve, retroactive to November 23. Recalled/assigned defenseman Seth Helgeson from/to Albany (AHL).
Nov. 25: Recalled defenseman Jon Merrill from Albany under emergency conditions.
Nov. 18: Placed defenseman Anton Volchenkov on Injured Reserve, retroactive to November 12. Assigned defenseman Jon Merrill to Albany (AHL).