Tonight’s visit to Carolina includes the club’s first-ever Fathers and Sons trip. The Devils’ dads traveled with the team yesterday and will watch tonight’s game before heading back to New Jersey to see tomorrow's home matchup against Philadelphia.
“He’s still my little boy and I’m sure proud of him,” Jon Merrill’s father Dan said at today’s morning skate. "It’s really been a great experience to really see how they live day to day. To get the experience and take it all in, it’s been really, really great.”
2. Keith Kinkaid will make his fifth start of the season and first since Nov. 20 at Edmonton when he stopped 22 of 26 Oilers shots. Kinkaid is 1-1-0 in his career against Carolina with a 1.96 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.
He's looking to lead the Devils to victory with their fathers in attendance.
“It’s just like any other game, but maybe there’s a little extra incentive to get the win for the fathers here,” Kinkaid said. "We want to make it a positive here and a good trip with a win."
3. The Devils have won each of their last two road games and are 7-4-0 away from Prudential Center overall. They have points in 14 of their last 21 contests (12-7-2=26pts).
4. New Jersey has a power-play goal in six of their last nine games. John Hynes’ squad has converted 17 of its 84 opportunities overall and ranks ninth (tie) in the NHL (20.2%).
5. Carolina went 3-6-4 in November and is 4-5-3 at PNC Arena. The Hurricanes’ power play ranks 30th in the NHL (10/80, 12.5%) overall, but is 11th (8/37, 21.6%) at home. They rank 28th on the PK (41/55, 74.5%).
6. Justin Faulk leads Carolina with 8g-10a-18pts this season. He’s one of just three defensemen (Ryan Suter, Minnesota & Erik Karlsson, Ottawa) to lead his team in scoring.