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Devils 2010-2011 Schedule Preview – Carolina Hurricanes

Throughout the offseason, The Devils’ Den will preview the Devils 2010-2011 schedule, giving you an in-depth preview of the 29 other teams the Devils will face next season. We’ve already completed several previews, all of which can be found under the “Season Preview” tab. In today’s preview, we go to the Eastern Conference, taking a look at this season’s matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Justin Peters backstopped the Carolina Hurricanes to their only victory over the Devils last season. Photo Credit: Karl DeBlaker/AP Photo

Hurricanes vs. Devils – Historical Data

In 109 all-time regular season meetings against the Hurricanes, the Devils are 50-40-12-2. New Jersey averages 3.18 goals against the ‘Canes, and allows them to average 2.97 goals. Last season, the Devils and Hurricanes faced off four times, with the Devils going 3-1-0.

The Devils won the first game against the Hurricanes last season, blanking Carolina, 2-0, on October 17. Jamie Langenbrunner scored the game’s first goal 26 seconds into the third period, putting the Devils ahead, 1-0. Zach Parise added an insurance goal, putting the Devils ahead, 2-0, with an empty-netter at 19:26 of the third. Martin Brodeur stopped 26 shots in the win. Cam Ward made 27 saves in the loss.

The Devils took their second game in a row against Carolina, defeating the ‘Canes, 4-2, on December 9. Patrik Elias opened the scoring, giving the Devils a lead, 1-0, at 11:11 of the first period. Andy Greene extended the lead, putting the Devils ahead, 2-0, with an even-strength tally at 17:53 of the period. Greene pushed the Devils farther ahead, giving them a 3-0 advantage with a powerplay goal at 6:05 of the second period. But Carolina would not quit.

Brandon Sutter put the ‘Canes on the board, scoring at 6:48 of the period and cutting the Devils’ lead to 3-1. Tuomo Ruutu cut the lead to one, scoring on the powerplay at 8:46 to shrink the Devils’ lead to 3-2. Rob Niedermayer put the nail in the coffin, scoring an empty-net, shorthanded goal at 19:59 of the third period to extend the Devils lead to 4-2.

The ‘Canes defeated the Devils, 5-2, on February 13 for their first win of the season series. Zach Boychuk scored the game’s first goal, giving Carolina a lead, 1-0, at 16:47 of the first period. Then it became the Ray Whitney show. Whitney scored two powerplay goals, one at 4:34 and the next a minute later, in the second period to put the ‘Canes ahead, 3-0, after two periods. Jussi Jokinen scored at 3:27 of the third period to extend the lead further, putting the ‘Canes ahead, 4-0. Goals by Parise at 7:26 and Brian Rolston at 17:02 cut the Hurricanes lead in half, 4-2. Jokinen would restore the three-goal advantage, scoring with the net empty at 18:31 to put the Hurricanes ahead, 5-2.

The Devils would avenge their loss, blanking the Hurricanes for the second time, 4-0, on April 3. Dainius Zubrus opened the scoring, putting the Devils ahead, 1-0, with a powerplay tally at 13:13 of the first period. Elias increased the lead, putting the Devils ahead, 2-0, at 18:18 of the first. The score would remain the same until the third period. Parise pushed the lead to 3-0 with an even-strength goal at 7:34 of the third. David Clarkson extended the lead, giving the Devils a 4-0 advantage with an empty-net goal at 18:28 of the third period.

Continue after the jump for the rest of the preview!

Dainius Zubrus had a goal and an assist in the final game between the Devils and Hurricanes. Photo Credit: Gerry Broome/AP Photo

Devils vs. Hurricanes – This Season’s Matchup

The Hurricanes and Devils will face off four times this season, with all the meetings coming in 2011. The team’s will wrap up their regular season series in February, playing three games in 11 days.

The Hurricanes had an extremely quiet summer. The team saw iconic center Rod Brind’Amour retire at the end of last season, losing a player who ranks near the top of most offensive categories in the franchise. The team re-signed Babchuk over the summer, and recently agreed to a contract with Patrick O’Sullivan.

The Hurricanes will put the same team on the ice as last season, so the Devils shouldn’t face too many issues next season. I would expect the team to get six points from this matchup, or possibly sweep the ‘Canes next season. The team can be annoying, and they do play the Devils tough. But they lack the pieces around Ward, who has dealt with injuries the past few seasons, to be competitive against the better teams in the conference.

Stat Pack

Parise led all scorers last season with seven points (three goals, four assists)…Whitney’s three points (two goals, one assist) all came in the 5-2 win…In 55 career starts against the Hurricanes, Brodeur is 35-14-5-1 with a 2.02 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. He’s also shut them out eight times…In 13 career starts against the Devils, Ward is 5-7-0-1 with a 2.61 G.A.A. and .907 save percentage…In 87 career games against the Devils, Brind’Amour recorded 67 points (20 goals, 47 assists) but was a minus-5.

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