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Carolina goes for fourth straight win; New Jersey tries to end three-game winless skid

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (2-5-4) at HURRICANES (9-3-1)

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


The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes seek their fourth consecutive victory when they host the New Jersey Devils at PNC Arena on Saturday.

The Hurricanes have won three straight and have outscored opponents 20-7 following a three-game winless streak (0-2-1). 

Goalie James Reimer is likely to start for the Hurricanes, who defeated the Detroit Red Wings 7-3 on Friday. 

The Devils are 0-1-2 in their past three games and 2-1-2 in their past five after opening the season 0-4-2. 

Goalie Cory Schneider is likely to start for New Jersey, which lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.


Players to watch

Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton has eight points (two goals, six assists) in an NHL career-best six-game point streak and 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games.

Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has five points (three goals, two assists) in his past two games.


They said it 

"Nobody wants to get out of this more than we do, everyone in this locker room. Let's keep grinding away here. Let's keep playing as well as we can and we're going to get out of this thing and be a lot stronger for it." -- Devils captain Andy Greene after the loss to the Flyers on Friday

"I hope we don't have a lull tomorrow. That's what you guard against for sure. It was an emotional game, it was a tough game. You guard against letting up, because I know the other team won't." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour after the win against the Red Wings on Friday


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Jack Hughes -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Wayne Simmonds

Pavel Zacha -- Nico Hischier -- Jesper Bratt

Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- John Hayden

Damon Severson -- P.K. Subban

Andy Greene -- Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher -- Matt Tennyson

Cory Schneider

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: Jesper Boqvist, Nikita Gusev, Mirco Mueller

Injured: Connor Carrick (right pinky finger)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Warren Foegele

Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Erik Haula -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Lucas Wallmark -- Brian Gibbons

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Joel Edmundson -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Jordan Martinook (core muscle surgery)


Status report 

Neither team held a morning skate. … The Devils acquired goalie Louis Domingue from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and assigned him to Binghamton of the American Hockey League.


Stat pack 

Hall has six points (one goal, five assists) in a four-game point streak. … Hughes has six points (two goals, four assists) in his past five games. ... Vatanen has five points (three goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. … Svechnikov has six points (five goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak. … Aho has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past four games.

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