Like a tourist’s tight belt at a Vegas buffet, the Carolina Hurricanes are looking for a little wiggle room. A goal by Erik Cole in OT on Saturday put the Canes ahead of Atlanta in the standings, but barely. Today kicks off a challenging five game road trek against the Devils, Flyers, Thrashers, and Lightning. Let’s hope they packed some Wheaties in those suitcases.
Although the New Jersey Devils have a wreck of a record (19-30-4), you wouldn’t know it from their current The-Little-Engine-that-could attitude. The Devils and Canes hit the Prudential ice tonight at 7:00 PM for the first of three games over the next twelve days. Their last play date on New Year’s Day was a success for the Hurricanes (6-3).
Due to a strain right knee, starting goaltender, Martin Brodeur, will watch Johan Hedberg take his place in front of the net tonight. No official comment has been made regarding his return for the two future matchups next Wednesday and Saturday.
Before his Raleigh departure, Coach Paul Maurice admitted they have tough teams to beat on this trip, but offered, “(Knowing) how to play these important games on the road is a necessity for a team that wants that playoff success.”
Playoff success…yes please. Canes fans will welcome their team home to the loudest house in the NHL on Friday, Feb. 18th against the Philadelphia Flyers.
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