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Preview: Devils vs. Hurricanes

Canes, 3-0-0 on this homestand, host New Jersey to close it out

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes aim to win their fourth straight game when they host the New Jersey Devils to draw the curtain on their four-game homestand.

The Hurricanes won their third game of the homestand with a wild 7-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.

"We can go run-and-gun, too, but it's just not sustainable long-term," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Good for the guys that we buckled down. At the end of the day, that's two points, and we won't even be talking about this tomorrow."

About Last Night

I know Brind'Amour said "we won't even be talking about this tomorrow," but from a storyline perspective, it bears analysis, if only for the fact that it showed the Hurricanes can win by playing a looser style than they're accustomed to.

"It was an entertaining game for the games, which is great, but not so much for the coaching aspect of it," Brind'Amour said. "It was pretty loosely played, but it's also good that we can win games like that. It goes up and down, a little bit of a track meet, but we were able to put enough in the net, obviously."

Enough, indeed. The Canes found the proverbial endzone and kicked the extra point, easily besting Detroit's field goal. Twelve different skaters recorded at least a point, and Sebastian Aho (2g, 1a), Dougie Hamilton (3a) and Jaccob Slavin each paced the team with three points.

Career Bests

Both Hamilton and Andrei Svechnikov extended career-best point streaks in Friday night's win over Detroit. Hamilton's three-point performance stretched his point streak to six games, the longest across his 500-plus career games. Svechnikov is riding a three-game goal streak, also the longest of his career.

PROJECTED LINEUP

Hamilton (6g, 10a) and Svechnikov (6g, 8a) rank one and two respectively on the team in scoring.

The Opposition

The New Jersey Devils were in action on Friday night, as well, and fell to Philadelphia in a shootout, 4-3. The Devils are 2-5-4 through 11 games this season and have yet to win on the road (0-3-0). Taylor Hall is the team's leading scorer with 11 points (2g, 9a) in as many games.


AT THE RINK

The temperatures outside are dropping, so we've got one more South Plaza Party on the schedule before they return later in the season with warmer evenings (and daylight). Swing by the south side of PNC Arena beginning at 5 p.m. for fun and games.

The Stock the Pantry Food Drive presented by Harris Teeter benefits the Inter-Fath Food Shuttle and Urban Ministries of Wake County. Bring two or more non-perishable food items to be entered to win an in-game experience or autographed prize.


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