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3/2 Pregame Notes: Devils at Hurricanes

New Jersey Devils (33-23-8) at Carolina Hurricanes (28-25-11) 7:30PM • PNC Arena • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

by Jame Stolfi / newjerseydevils.com

LAST GAME - MARCH 1: NEW JERSEY DEVILS 2 @ FLORIDA PANTHERS 3

The Devils lost, 3-2 L, to the Florida Panthers in their season-series finale at BB&T Center. Florida bested New Jersey by winning two of the three games in their season-series. The Devils have not defeated the Panthers in a season-series since the 2014-15 season (2-1-0). New Jersey is 3-6-2 overall (1-3-2 road) against FLA since 2014-15.

Nov 11 - FLA 1 @ NJD 2 W
Nov 27 - FLA 3 @ NJD 2 L
Mar. 1 - NJD 2 @ FLA 2 L

The loss snapped New Jersey's two-game, winning-streak, Feb. 24-27, and its four game road winning streak, 4-0-0=8PTS, Feb. 13-27.

Cory Schneider was activated off I.R. that afternoon and made his first start since Jan. 23 at BOS. He missed 16 games during that period, Jan. 25-Feb. 27, with a groin/hip injury. He stopped 26 of 29 shots, earning Third Star of the Game honors.

Patrick Maroon, who was acquired from Edmonton during Monday's NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for NJD's 2019 third-round pick and forward prospect J.D. Dudek (Boston College, Hockey East), made his Devils' debut. The St. Louis, MO-native led New Jersey with 2A (2PTS) and five PIM. He is the first player to wear jersey no. 17 since Michael Ryder (2013-15).

According to Elias Sports Bureau/Devils' Radio Statistician Craig Seiden, Maroon set a Devils' record with his fight just 1:54 into the game. It was the earliest fight in a players' debut with New Jersey (previously, Nov. 8, 2005 - Darren Langdon vs. Eric Godard (NYI).''

Taylor Hall kept his astounding points-streak afloat by notching the game's only PPG (NJD 1-2/FLA He now has points in a franchise record 16 consecutive games, recording 11G-10A-21PTS from Jan. 30-Mar. 1. It was his 28th of the season, marking a new career-high for the former first overall pick.

Hall's 16 consecutive games surpasses Patrik Elias' and Brian Gionta's 15 game, pt. streaks set in 1999-00 and 2005-06, respectively.
 
TONIGHT @ CAROLINA HURRICANES

New Jersey is 1-1-0 on their three-game, road-trip that made stops in Pittsburgh (Feb. 27, 3-2 W) and Florida (Mar. 1, 2-3 L), which concludes tonight at PNC Arena. Tonight's contest against the Hurricanes is also the second half of New Jersey 13th back-to-back sets this season. After the Devils' 3-2 loss last night at Florida, they are 6-5-2 in first games and 6-6-0 in second games of back-to-backs. Carolina is also playing in their second match of a back-to-back. The 'Canes won, 4-1, against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center last night.'

On Feb. 18, New Jersey defeated the Hurricanes, 3-2 Wo, in their first trip to Raleigh, which was also second of a back-to-back set (Feb. 17 @ TBL, 4-3 W). Taylor Hall scored the overtime goal, while Sami Vatanen led the Devils with two assists (2PTS). Nico Hischier recorded 3PTS (1G-2A) during the club's first game vs. CAR, Feb. 18 at Prudential Center.

Keith Kinkaid is expected to start in goal tonight. He is 2-0-0 this season (6-1-0 career) and has two assists (2PTS) against Carolina this season. He recorded the secondary helper on both of Hischier's goals, Feb. 15 and Feb. 18.

Feb. 15 - CAR 2 @ NJD 5 W
Feb. 18 - NJD 3 @ CAR 2 Wo
Mar. 02 - NJD @ CAR
Mar. 27 - CAR @ NJD

The Devils are 16-11-5 on the road, while the Hurricanes are 15-11-6 at PNC Arena. New Jersey (74PTS) leads Carolina (67PTS) in the Metropolitan Division standings.  

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