The Carolina Hurricanes travel to New Jersey to take on the defending Eastern Conference Champions in a Saturday matinee match-up. It marks the first time Carolina has played at the Continental Airlines Arena since a 3-2 victory against the Devils in Game Five of the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. New Jersey clinched the series with a 5-1 Game Six win in Raleigh. Saturday’s game at New Jersey is the lone road game for Carolina in the midst of a span during which the Hurricanes play five of six contests at home. The Hurricanes began the stretch with a 2-0 win against Minnesota on Jan. 15 and a 1-1 tie with Montreal on Jan. 17 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.
PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Jan. 19New Jersey11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 20ESA10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Jan. 21ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
ON THE AIR:
Radio: WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville).
Defenseman Bret Hedican and center Kevyn Adams made their Hurricanes debuts on Thursday against Montreal. Hedican and Adams were acquired by the Hurricanes on Wednesday from the Florida Panthers along with defensive prospect Tomas Malec and a conditional second round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and center Byron Ritchie. Hedican had 10 points (3g, 7a) in 31 games for the Panthers this season. Adams had 12 points (4g, 8a) in 44 games for the Panthers in 2001-02.
Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour has been one of the league’s top players since the start of December. Since Dec. 1, Brind’Amour has tallied 25 points (7g, 18a) in 21 games. Only Philadelphia’s Jeremy Roenick (11g+15a=26p) has more points during that span. Hurricanes captain Ron Francis is now just four assists shy of tying Ray Bourque for second on the NHL’s all-time assist list. Francis can tie John Bucyk (1,540) for sixth on the NHL all-time games played list against New Jersey on Saturday.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 12-10-3-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 10-7-3-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 37-of-237 (15.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 177-of-217 (81.6%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
Left wing Chris Dingman missed the Hurricanes’ last game vs. Montreal (1/17) with a left knee injury.Center Josef Vasicek missed the Hurricanes’ game against Montreal (1/17) due to a knee sprain.
CAROLINA / NEW JERSEY NOTES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils meet for the second of four match-ups this season. New Jersey defeated Carolina 2-1 on Jan. 5 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena to open the season series. The Devils won the regular season series last year, 2-1-1, beating the Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 18 and 7-3 on March 2 at Continental Airlines Arena. The Hurricanes were 1-0-1 against New Jersey at home, earning a 3-3 tie on Dec. 27 and a 3-2 win on Feb. 23. The Devils defeated Carolina four games to two in the 2001 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, winning the first three games and clinching in Game Six. The Hurricanes are 30-36-11-1 all-time against the Devils in the regular season, including a 17-14-8-0 record at home and a 14-21-3-1 mark on the road.
NEW JERSEY NOTES:
The Devils acquired left wing Valeri Kamensky from the Dallas Stars on Wednesday for defenseman Andre Lakos and future considerations. In 24 games with Dallas, Kamensky had nine points (3g, 6a). New Jersey ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-4 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday.
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