The Hurricanes meet the New Jersey Devils in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Continental Airlines Arena. The game marks Carolina’s first playoff game since Game Six of the 1999 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a 2-0 loss to the Boston Bruins that clinched the series for Boston 4-2. The Hurricanes are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs, completing the season with 88 points (38-32-9-3). Jeff O’Neill enters his second playoff season having scored 10 points (6g, 4a) in the last six games of the regular season. O’Neill completed the regular season as the only player in the NHL ranked in the top ten in goals (41 – tied for seventh) and the top ten in hits (263 – sixth). Defenseman David Tanabe enters his first playoff season having scored four points (2g, 2a) in the last four games.
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL STANDINGS:
NEW JERSEY (1)48-19-12-9111 pts.
OTTAWA (2)48-21-9-4109 pts.
WASHINGTON (3)41-27-10-496 pts.
PHILADELPHIA (4)43-25-11-3100 pts.
BUFFALO (5)46-30-5-198 pts.
PITTSBURGH (6)42-28-9-396 pts.
TORONTO (7)37-29-11-590 pts.
CAROLINA (8)38-32-9-388 pts.
April 12ThursdayNew Jersey 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
April 15SundayNew JerseyTBA
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The Carolina Hurricanes concluded the team's second season in Raleigh, its fourth in North Carolina, and its 22nd in the NHL with a record of 38-32-9-3 and a total of 88 points. Carolina finished eighth in the Eastern Conference. The Hurricanes' 88 points rank second best all-time for points in a season by the franchise. The franchise mark is 93 points set in 1986-87. Carolina's 38 wins rank tied for third in franchise history and the most wins in a season since the 1989-90 season when the team registered a 38-33-9 record for 85 points. In the three seasons in Carolina, the Hurricanes have posted a 104-106-36 mark.
Carolina, which captured the Southeast Division title during the 1998-99 season with a 34-30-18 record, has now posted three consecutive winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Hurricanes are 109-97-37-3 (.524) over the past three seasons.
CAROLINA AT HOME: 23-15-3-0
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-17-6-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 72-of-382 (18.8%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 306-of-351 (87.2%)
CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.
CAROLINA / NEW JERSEY SERIES:
The New Jersey Devils won the regular season series against the Hurricanes 2-1-1. Three of the four games were decided by one goal or less – a 3-2 Carolina home win on Feb. 23, a 3-2 New Jersey OT victory on Nov. 18, and a 3-3 tie in Raleigh on Oct. 27. The Devils won the most recent meeting, defeating Carolina 7-3 on March 2. Rod Brind’Amour led all Carolina scorers with four points (0g, 4a) against New Jersey. Shane Willis notched three goals against the Devils, including the game-winner on Feb. 23. New Jersey’s Patrik Elias had eight points (5g, 3a) in four games against Carolina this season. Carolina is 30-35-11-1 all-time against New Jersey, 14-21-3-1 on the road and 17-13-8 at home. Prior to this season, the two teams had never met in the postseason.
NEW JERSEY NOTES:
New Jersey forward Patrik Elias tied Colorado’s Joe Sakic for the league-lead in plus / minus ranking with a +45. Elias ranked third in the league in scoring this season with 96 points (40g, 56a) behind Art Ross trophy winner Jaromir Jagr and Sakic.
NEW JERSEY AT HOME: 24-11-6-0
NEW JERSEY ON THE ROAD: 24-8-6-3
NEW JERSEY ON THE POWER PLAY: 71-of-310 (22.9%) (best in NHL)
NEW JERSEY SHORTHANDED: 271-of-320 (84.7%)
SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS
92 O’Neill 82412667
31 Moss123.99 1-6-0.853
Terrell Williams contributed to this report.