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New Jersey 4-1-3 in past eight games; Aho eyes goal in seventh straight for Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (21-25-10) at HURRICANES (32-21-3) 

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


The Game

Sebastian Aho can score a goal in his seventh straight game and equal the Carolina Hurricanes' longest streak when they play the New Jersey Devils at PNC Arena on Friday.

The center, who has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) during a seven-game point streak, can match the Carolina goal streak record of seven games set by Ray Sheppard from Nov. 14-25, 1998. The Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers record for longest goal streak was set by Pierre Larouche, who scored in nine straight from Jan. 25-Feb. 13, 1982.

The Hurricanes, who are four points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference, are 5-3-0 in their past eight games after going 3-4-1 in their previous eight.

The Devils are 4-1-3 in their past eight games after going 2-5-1 in their previous eight. Goalie Louie Domingue will start; he's 3-0-1 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in four games against Carolina.


Players to watch 

Devils defenseman Damon Severson has nine points (two goals, seven assists) during an NHL career-long eight-game point streak.

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak.


They said it 

"We've been playing the right way and [doing] all the little things. For a group like us, we need to play simple hockey, direct hockey, north/south hockey. When we do that, we skate really well, we tend to be a very effective team. When we don't, we're not very good." -- Devils captain Andy Greene

"You watch them play, and they seem to have figured it out. In the last eight games they've lost one in regulation, so it's going to be a tough matchup, obviously. But it's about us getting contributions from everybody. That's what I'm hoping to see." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour 


Devils projected lineup

Jesper Bratt -- Jack Hughes -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Pavel Zacha -- Wayne Simmonds

John Hayden -- Kevin Rooney -- Joey Anderson

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Will Butcher -- Damon Severson

Mirco Mueller -- Connor Carrick

Louis Domingue

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: Colton White, Nicholas Merkley

Injured: Sami Vatanen (lower body), Nico Hischier (lower body)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Brock McGinn -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Nino Niederreiter -- Erik Haula -- -- Martin Necas

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Justin Williams

Jaccob Slavin -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Haydn Fleury -- Joel Edmundson

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: None

Injured: Dougie Hamilton (fractured leg), Jordan Martinook (upper body)


Status report

The Devils did not hold a morning skate. ... Martinook will miss his fourth straight game. Brind'Amour said the forward's recovery is taking longer than expected.


Stat pack

Palmieri has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. Hischier, who is questionable to play Friday, has nine points (three goals, six assists) in eight games against the Hurricanes. … Teravainen has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past seven games. Mrazek, expected to start, is 5-2-0 with a 2.03 GAA, .922 save percentage and two shutouts in eight games against New Jersey.

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