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PREVIEW: Devils vs. Hurricanes

Devils face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes in Thursday Night Hockey match-up

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils square off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center tonight. 

You can watch the game on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network. 

Video: DEVILS NOW | Life at NHL Center Ice

Read the game preview below and check back for lineup updates, our Pre-Game Report, videos and more. 

YOUR GAME-DAY ESSENTIALS

GAME DAY VIDEO

COMING SOON - DEVILS:60 | Amanda Stein reports on the key storylines prior to tonight's game

COMING SOON - Devils Pre-Game Interviews

COMING SOON - PRE-GAME RAW | Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine

BY THE NUMBERS

TV & RADIO

You can watch tonight's game within the Devils region on MSG+.

You can listen to tonight's game on the Devils Hockey Network.

INSIDE THE DEVILS

Devils practice in Newark Wednesday and more news and notes from the past few days. 

>> READ MORE IN THE INSIDE THE DEVILS BLOG

PRE-GAME REPORT

NEWARK, NJ - Check back a few hours prior to the game for a full pre-game report. 

-- Marc Ciampa, NewJerseyDevils.com

PREVIEW

DEVILS (28-29-12) vs HURRICANES (38-25-5)

TV: 7:00 PM ET; Televised on MSG+

Head-to-Head:

Tonight's game is the third of four meetings between the two teams this season. 

The previous two games were both in Carolina. The Devils won 5-3 back on November 2 and Carolina won 5-2 on February 14.

Miles Wood leads the Devils with two points (one goal, one assist). 

Martin Necas leads the Hurricanes with three points (one goal, two assists) while Warren Foegele has two goals to lead the way in that category.  

Devils team scope:

The Devils are 6-3-2 in their last 11 games. Last time out, they dropped a 5-2 decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins at home but prior to that had picked up points in eight of nine games. 

Kyle Palmieri leads the Devils with 25 goals and 45 points in 65 games. Nikita Gusev is close behind with 44 points in 66 contests. 

Hurricanes team scope:

The Hurricanes sit in the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, tied with the Columbus Blue Jackets with 81 points. Both teams are one point ahead of the New York Islanders. 

Carolina has won each of its last three games. Prior to that, they had dropped four in a row. The wins have come at the right time in the competitive Metropolitan Division. 

Sebastian Aho leads the Hurricanes in scoring with 38 goals and 66 points in 68 games. Teuvo Teravainen is second in points with 63 in 68 games while Andrei Svechnikov is second in goals with 24. 

By the Numbers:

Through the prior two games played, the Devils are outshooting the Hurricanes 63-57 while the Hurricanes have eight goals to New Jersey's seven. Devils are 9-9-2 against Metro Division opponents this season and 4-3-2 at home. The Devils are 6-2-0 at Prudential Center and 11-8-0 overall against the Hurricanes since the 2015-16 season.

Injury Updates:

Devils - Will Butcher (lower body) is on IR; Fredrik Claesson (lower body) is day-to-day

Hurricanes - Sami Vatanen (lower body) is on IR; Dougie Hamilton (fractured fibula) is out for the season; James Reimer (lower body) is day-to-day; Brett Pesce (shoulder) is on IR; Ryan Dzingel (upper body) is day-to-day

-- Marc Ciampa, NewJerseyDevils.com

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