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Carolina has won three in row; Kinkaid will start for New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

HURRICANES (28-21-6) AT DEVILS (20-26-8)

3 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-CR, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will go for their fourth straight win when they play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Sunday.

The Hurricanes, who have two shutouts in their past three games, are 6-1-1 in their past eight games and are one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. 

Keith Kinkaid will start for the Devils, who are playing the second game of a back-to-back (lost 4-2 to Minnesota Wild on Saturday) and have lost three in a row (0-2-1).

 

Players to watch

Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his past eight games and needs one assist for 100 in the NHL.

Devils forward Jesper Bratt has one goal and two assists in a three-game point streak. 

 

They said it

"[Our goalies] have been the difference in our season. [Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney] have both just been great and it just gives us a lot of confidence that when we're not playing our best, we still have a chance to win." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour

 

"What's important in back-to-back games is that we always have the thing on our wall about self-starters. Now it is about resting and recovering for [Sunday] and making sure we are mentally and physically ready to play the game. We'll come back with our game plan for Carolina and see if we can have a rebound performance." -- Devils coach John Hynes

 

Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Justin Williams

Micheal Ferland -- Lucas Wallmark -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Martinook -- Brock McGinn

Warren Foegele -- Greg McKegg -- Saku Maenalanen

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Brett Pesce -- Justin Faulk

Calvin de Haan -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: None

Injured: Jordan Staal (upper body)

 

Devils projected lineup

Marcus Johansson -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nick Lappin

Jesper Bratt -- Pavel Zacha -- Drew Stafford  

Brett Seney -- Kevin Rooney -- Kurtis Gabriel

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Ben Lovejoy  

Mirco Mueller -- Ryan Murphy

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider 

Scratched: Steven Santini, Joey Anderson, Eric Gryba

Injured: Taylor Hall (lower body), Sami Vatanen (concussion), Stefan Noesen (lower body), Miles Wood (upper body)

 

Status report

Carolina assigned defenseman Haydn Fleury to Charlotte of the American Hockey League. ... New Jersey recalled forward Nick Lappin and defenseman Ryan Murphy from Binghamton of the AHL. ... Neither team will hold a morning skate.

 

Stat pack

Teravainen has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past eight games and needs two points for 200 in the NHL. … Niederreiter has seven points (six goals, one assist) in nine games with the Hurricanes since he was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on Jan. 17. … Palmieri has two points (one goal, one assist) in his past nine games. … Carolina is 5-0-1 in its past six road games.

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